Concert ImaginaireSeattle, WA
Concert Imaginaire is a Seattle-based electro-acoustic ensemble whose cross-genre music includes elements of theater and dance.
The ensemble’s instrumentation is: violin/theremin, bass, percussion, piano/synthesizer/ sampler, and guitar. In performance we are joined by one or more vocalists and sometimes dancers.
IntrOverture opens Fortune’s Wheel, our first CD, as both an introduction and an overture. The piece introduces all five instrumentalists and provides via digital voices a guide to non-French speakers on the pronunciation of “Concert Imaginaire.”
The Massacre Of Suns
Emily Dickinson’s singular image of a sunset, linked to the carnage of the Civil War, is astonishing. In this sotto voce setting of The Massacre of Suns, the words guide the music. Supporting the singer is a sustained synth chord and bottle percussion.
The lyric is: “Soft as the massacre of Suns By Evening’s Sabres slain.”
Always Thinking of Myself
Always Thinking Of Myself has a jazz influenced head, which seamlessly progresses into a free improvisation. During rehearsal, one player remarked: “I tried not to listen to anyone else and think only of myself!”