Thursday, April 21, 8 PM


Duckmandu Edmund Welles Duckmandu is Aaron Seeman's one man onslaught of accordion and vocals, pronounced as "over the top!" by premier punk mag Maximum Rock 'n Roll for his note-for-note renditions of the Dead Kennedys' album, Fresh Fruit for Rotting Vegetables. His repertoire also includes 70's rock, Broadway, klezmer, classical, country, Sousa marches, and a polka or two. In addition to his accordionizing, Seeman is a founding member, arranger, and vocalist with San Francisco's Punk Rock Orchestra, and he plays with the Romanian folk ensemble, Fishtank. He has recorded with Mr. Bungle and Estradasphere, and is the composer of a modern classical opera, Opium: Diary of a Cure.

The world's only four bass clarinet band, Edmund Welles invents and performs heavy chamber music, muzak for conspiracy theorists, and songs of lunacy and purpose. The sonorous timbre of these potent instruments drives the rhythmic convolutions, incessant bass lines and hooky melodies of Cornelius Boots' compositions, which the band plays alongside a few arrangements from the likes of Black Sabbath and Sepultura. Edmund Welles: the bass clarinet quartet was a 2004 recipient of a New Works: Creation and Presentation grant from Chamber Music America and the Doris Duke Foundation.