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Friday, June 20, 2008

Prefuse 73 - Wordless Music @ Whitney Museum

Ronen Givony hosted one of his Wordless Music shows tonight at the Whitney Museum featuring Scott Herren (of Savath & Savalas, Delarosa and Asora and Piano Overlord) most known as Prefuse 73, percussionist Michael Caterisano and ACME (American Contemporary Music Ensemble).

First up was ACME armed with a viola, cellos and violins who performed some beautiful yet frantic music that could have fit well as the score to a modern adaptation of Alfred Hitchcock's Psycho. They performed a Chen Yi piece with rich Chinese melodic forms.

Next up was Michael Caterisano whose only instrument was a small drum kit. He performed a piece by Kevin Volan with eclectic African drum beats which varied in volume from extremely quiet taps to very loud bangs.

The shy mix master Scott Herren then took the stage and sent the packed museum basement on a melodic and dreamy IDM sound tour. With his back to the audience, he started with his guitar, manipulating the sounds from his DJ set up. He then played his samples, keyboard and drum loops and twisted lots of knobs and pedals making tons of unique sounds. Having seen DJ Shadow, Cut Chemist, and Fourtet perform live prior . . . I'd have to say Scott Herren is my new favorite DJ!

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