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Majel Connery // Julian Loida @ Constellation
September 22, 2019 @ 8:30 pm - 11:30 pm
Frequency Series Presents
Anything Chartreuse (2019) is the debut EP and solo touring project of vocalist, composer and roving academic Majel Connery. Connery’s “crystalline voice” (Chicago Reader) is the centripetal force on the EP, unifying four experimental tracks that range from vocoder sonnets to “dreamy art pop” (Second Inversion). Too complex to be ambient, and too atmospheric to be rock, Connery’s music is a marriage of proggy, dreamy and arty, side-stepping verse/chorus form in favor of massive, shifting textures and lyrical climaxes. Her conspicuous classical influences are most on display in the opening track, “August,” which also features a cameo from her composer collective, Oracle Hysterical.
With past lives as an actor, opera singer, and academic, Connery approaches songwriting with an open embrace of diverse influences. Most recently, she wrote songs about porn, periods, and sad fish for 5 episodes of Radiolab’s “Gonads” series, and a Radiolab Live performance at NYU Skirball Center. While she holds a Ph.D. from the University of Chicago, and a composition degree from Princeton, her writing is deeply influenced by her parents’ eclectic cassette tape collection circa 1984, which explains a compositional style part Schubert and part Elvis Costello (that’s a mangled quote from the Wall Street Journal). Connery’s set tonight includes the full EP, and selections from her upcoming full-length album.
“…dreamy art pop with the sensitivity and nuance of classical music…” — Second Inversion
Boston-based percussionist/composer Julian Loida releases his solo-debut, Wallflower, on September 6, 2019. Loida, whose music has been described as “shimmering” and “radiant,” has performed and written for many bands and ensembles of varying styles. On Wallflower, he presents ten kaleidoscopic new works for solo percussion, guided by the unique way in which he experiences music. KING FM’s Second Inversion, which premiered the album’s first video, describes the record as an “immersive sensory experience.” When Loida hears certain tones, he may also feel strong sensations of color and texture. This sensory phenomenon, called synesthesia, affords Loida a unique compositional voice: the music of Wallflower is not only a reflection of what Loida hears; but also what he sees, and feels. He says: “Wallflower and the music I compose is closer to a musical painting in which I assemble sound to evoke the colors in my mind than a traditional approach of calculated chord progressions, law-abiding voice leading, or even algorithms of modern tone rows from the Western canon.”