Concert Report 2 - Yang Alex Yang 6 March 2012 Adam Goodwin...

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Yang Alex Yang 6 March 2012 Adam Goodwin Music 127a Concert Report #2 On the night of March 6 th , in the Conrad Prebys Concert Hall, I attended “Improvisation Ensemble” directed by David Borgo. In stark contrast of the Kenyatta Concert I attended earlier this quarter, which had more of a traditional jazz feel, this decidedly contemporary concert crossed usual boundaries and introduced several strange aspects during its performance. The Conrad Prebys Concert Hall can be described as a typical theatre with a lighted stage and several rows of red fold-up seats. As we arrived, the stage seemed to be already set. We quickly sat down near the front of the stage, and began to take everything in. The entire ensemble consisted of eleven people, and included a wide variety of instruments. I stress the term wide ; Certain members of the ensemble switched between five instruments, many of which I had never seen before in my life. Some of the more prominent instruments used were the piano, electric guitar, soprano saxophone, several woodwinds, mixing board(called the krazar), electric autoharp, and even an iPad. As the musicians filed on stage we wondered what to expect from the strange assortment of musical tools. The lights dimmed and David Borgo,(the director who also played a variety of woodwinds throughout the performance) cued the ensemble to begin. Not a single word was spoken throughout the entire night, not even a few words to describe a short history of each song or introduce the ensemble to the audience. I assume that it was part of the overarching mysterious theme of the night , and it created a mood very atypical of a jazz gig. In fact, it felt very much like a formal concert, where the audience sat quietly and only applauded after each movement was completed.
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