Gorgeous old-world cabaret collides with modernity in this sui generis band. Wringing elements of European folksong, post-war classical, and experimental rock into an otherworldly soundscape this iconoclastic group moves effortlessly between haunting meditations and explosive frenzy. With: Dan Kaufman (guitar), Danny Tunick (marimba, vibraphone), Peter Hess (clarinet, bass clarinet), Catherine McCrae (violin), Peter Lettre (bass), and John Bollinger (drums).
"The music of Barbez conjures an imaginary place full of narrow, crooked streets that are paved with ancient, damp cobblestones. The Brooklyn-based ensemble looks to Eastern Europe for inspiration and its expansive rock draws on such composers as Brecht, Schnittke, and Satie. But Barbez is firmly lodged in the present. Its original compositions, written mostly by the guitarist and band leader Dan Kaufman, capture the angst, joy, and strangeness of life in the twenty-first century.” The New Yorker
THE LONESOME ORGANIST
The Lonesome Organist is the one-man band of Chicago-based multi-instrumentalist Jeremy Jacobsen, whose compositions are tinged by jazz, circus music, and doo-wop among a slew of other genres. The Lonesome Organist has released three albums on the indie label Thrill Jockey and for this show will be celebrating the release of a stunning new record called "Ashes....Alas."
"Squawks, squeaks and yelps came from the echo-laden microphone and harmonica; blazing one-handed riffs shot out from the guitar; and fun house melodies spewed from the keyboards, creating a head-spinning melange." –Chicago Tribune