Co-presented by The LAB and 21 Grand

Moe!kestraFriday, May 25, 2007
Doors open at 8:15, performance at 8:30 PM
$8-15 sliding scale admission

Moe!kestra is the large ensemble/orchestra project of Bay Area experimental musician, Moe! Staiano, which began at Berkeley's Beanbenders' series in 1997. For this concert, Staiano will conduct two of his compositions: the premiere performance of Piece No. 9: When Terrie Had Six and his first large orchestra composition, Piece No. 1: Death of A Piano . The orchestra of approximately 60 Bay Area musicians includes both traditional and non-traditional instrumentation: multiples of electric guitars, electric bass, drums, percussion arsenal, strings (violin, viola, cello and contrabass), clarinets (including bass clarinet), saxophones, theremin, trombones and electronics. Staiano's Moe!kestra compositions are influenced by the works of Glenn Branca, Rhys Chatham and John Zorn, commingling the genres of 20th century classical music, jazz and rock. A Q&A with Moe! Staiano precedes the performance. This event is co-sponsored by KFJC-FM, with funding from Meet the Composer's Creative Connections program.