If you’re a cellist or cello-music lover, you’re probably familiar with the delightful Carl Maria von Weber Adagio & Rondo, arranged for cello and piano by Gregor Piatigorsky. Lovely & fun short virtuoso salon piece.
It probably never occurred to you that what it needs is a beat boxer beatboxing during the Adagio and a juggler juggling during the somewhat circus-like 6/8 Rondo. Me neither. Sounds like great fun, something very different. Talk about alternative presentation of classical music!
Luckily, it did occur to the minds behind the New York musicians’ collective the International Street Cannibals. Who have invited me to perform with them. So I’ll be playing that Weber-Piatigorsky piece, with beatboxing and juggling, as part of tonight’s 8:30 PM program, “&,” at St. Mark’s in the Bowery, an important NY alternative performance space as well as an Episcopal Church (directions and Google map).
Lots of other music and performance art on the program, including the slow movement of the Schubert Death & the Maiden quartet, the timbres darkened by having the second violin part played on viola and the viola part played on a cello. (I’ll be holding down the actual cello part on a cello, albeit a carbon-fiber one.) There will also be a Shostakovich Prelude & Fugue performed by the awesome pianist Taka Kigawa, the wonderful composer Gene Pritsker’s new Sex & Death, Dan Barrett‘s arrangement of Heart & Soul . . . and much, much more.
The music is all something & something.
And it’s music & dancing, music & juggling, music & devil sticking, music & . . .
No wonder the program is titled, simply,
Wednesday, March 16
St Mark’s in-the-Bowery
131 East 10th Street, NYC