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Spektral Quartet + LJ White feat. the music of The Shaggs
August 14 @ 8:30 pm - 11:30 pm
Once More, With Feeling!
This August, Spektral Quartet revamps one of the most talked-about cult classics from rock history: The Shagg’s My Pal Foot Foot, as reimagined by composer LJ White…and because this is the Once More, With Feeling! Series, the group and the composer are going to take the audience on a deep dive inside both the band and this hallucinatory track.
Not only will concertgoers encounter Spektral playing a disassembled drum kit while simultaneously performing on their customary instruments, they will uncover the elements, inspirations, and mechanics of how a composer transforms a 60’s basement-rock combo into a string quartet – not only preserving the original’s idiosyncrasies, but carving his initials into its scaffolding.
Once More, With Feeling! offers a rare second listen – on the same night – to an unfamiliar work, giving concertgoers the chance to deepen their appreciation and enjoyment of the music. On-stage conversation with the composer illuminates the subtleties of and inspirations for the music, and audience members are able to ask questions in the moment – making any worries or preconceptions about “not getting it” disappear.
One of the most recognizable traits of LJ’s music is the rhythm. On a micro level, it’s exacting and complex, but when listeners zoom out, they are rewarded with an indisputably satisfying groove. Those familiar with The Shaggs’ decoupled guitar, bass, and drum lines will see the parallel here, and newcomers are in for a pleasurable crash course in the musical version of chaos theory – given enough distance and time, patterns will eventually emerge from pandemonium.