In recent days, the walls of Fortress Histriomastix have been vibrating with trills and blasts: The Clarinatrix has been practicing a terrific piece for bass clarinet and CD called Grab It! The 10-minute whirlwind is part of a fantastic program called Sonic Brew, the latest concert by the Clarinatrix's crack ensemble, Da Capo Chamber Players. Grab It!, by the Dutch rocker-turned-composer Jacob ter Veldhuis, uses loops and samples from the audio track of the 1978 prison documentary Scared Straight!, in which wayward teens were confronted by hardened criminals in a prison to frighten them into civic responsibility.
My esteemed colleague at TONY, Steve Smith, wrote a recent profile of Jacob TV (as he is nicknamed) here. So get your butt down to the Knitting Factory for an amazing lineup of new music in a relaxed bar/cabaret setting. The concert also includes work by modern masters David Lang, Randall Woolf, Beth May, Jefferson Friedman, John Halle and Marc Mellitts. It's an eclectic, cool--dare I say rockin'--lineup of new music curated by the Clarinatrix herself. $20. This Thursday and Friday at 7:30pm. Ticket info here.
Added value: Just found this weird-ass clip on YouTube: more Jacob TV mixing clarinet sounds with looped tape. Kooky! Check out the cherry-red space jumpsuit on the bald tooter. Very Raelian. Not a look I'd want to see around the house…Does that sweaty beer look tasty or what?