SHOW: Where (we) Live
GROUP: Sō Percussion & Greg Mcmurray
ATTENDED: Sept. 12, 9 p.m., Painted Bride Art Center
CLOSES: Sept. 14
BRIEF SELF-DESCRIPTION: “The world’s most adventurous percussion group forges a wild exploration into contemporary music presentation with a composition about experimentation, collaboration, and how our homes influence our personalities.”
WE THINK: Sō Percussion is a proponent of the John Cage school of chance encounter and a big believer in his mindset that “everything in the world is interesting.” (yes, that’s a real Cage quote).
Where (we) Live adheres to those tenets with a show based on the theme of what makes a home; why we live there and why we leave. There are stories, video, a note taker/giver, repetitive statements, songs and percussive music, some of which is tuneful, but most of it, not so much.
We’re in NYC downtown-Brooklyn/BAMish territory where the idea of improvisation and “experimental” is writ large. Digital and acoustic merge seamlessly and the sonics get messy, like a boisterous conversation between a bunch of friends. Tunefulness slips in by way of Greg Mcmurray on guitar and vocals, who can veer to singer songwriter territory if he wants it to go that way.
Emily Johnson sits off to the side at a desk and scribbles notes, some of which she passes around to members of the ensemble. The performers each occasionally get up and walk around, and there are two guys in the back of the stage making home brewed beer — make of that what you will.
So this is chaotic, enigmatic, at times hypnotic, and often self-indulgent. If you’re into Cage-style music, you can dig it, but if you like your shows in neat packages, you may wonder WTF?
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