The 2010-11 Commissions featured Zack Kline, Dessa, Marc Anderson, Holly Muñoz, Aby Wolf, Jacqueline Ultan, and Adam Levy.
In 2010, The Cedar launched a new commissioning program built on the success of its 416 Club, a longstanding series featuring local musicians and collaborations at The Cedar. Now known as The Cedar Commissions, each year the program enables Minnesota-based artists to create and perform innovative new work. To date, the series has supported the creation of new music by more than 30 emerging artists. This program is made possible with support from the Jerome Foundation.
Sunday, January 16, 2011
Versatile violin player and teacher Zack Kline debuted his project, “Not Too Distant,” with his bluegrass-inspired chamber group Orange Mighty Trio, and guest drummer Peter Leggett (Heiruspecs). The project is a thought experiment that takes the listener through something of an imaginary video game and includes classic Nintendo sounds and instrumental versions of music by Aphex Twin, Postal Service, and Radiohead.
Sunday, January 23, 2011
Dessa with Crescent Moon is in Big Trouble and Mankwe
Writer, rapper, singer, and member of hip hop collective Doomtree, DESSA performed her project, “Laws and Appetites” in collaboration with bassist Sean McPherson, pianist Kahlil Queen, and a flamenco percussionist quartet. The piece uses musical tension, minor keys, and vocal swells and harmonies to focus on the disparity between the ways we ask ourselves to behave and our prevailing inclinations.
Sunday, January 30, 2011
Marc Anderson, the multi-percussionist and composer who leads the ensemble Speaking In Tongues, performed his new ambient project on electronics, loops, and percussion, in collaboration with Dirk Freymuth on electric guitar, Enrique Toussaint on bass, and Nirmala Rajesaker on voice and vina. The project includes deep grooves, fragmentary melodies, sub-sonic funky bass lines, random phenomena, and layers in no discernible form, but pleasingly familiar all the same.
Sunday, February 13, 2011
Holly Muñoz, founder of independent recording company Draw Fire Records, performed an experimental project that uses interactive technology and abandons song structure completely, in collaboration with Markus Lunkenheimer from local rock band Skoal Kodiak. This performance also featured Ghostband and Clustercuss.
Sunday, February 20, 2011
Aby Wolf with Grant Cutler & Gorgeous Joe Johnson, and special guests Rosy Simas Danse
A musician best known for her haunting vocals, Aby Wolf performed her electronic-based dance project in collaboration with Jesse Whitney (Dance Band), Linnea Mohn (Rogue Valley), and Joey Van Phillips (Mystery Palace).
Sunday, February 27, 2011
Jacqueline performed new work featuring all four of the bands she works with: Jelloslave, Starfolk, Anitgravity, and Saltee. A visual backdrop created by artist David Bartley will accompany each band’s segment. Jelloslave is: Jacqueline Ultan and Michelle Kinney, Cellos; Greg Schutte, drums; Gary Waryan, tablas. Starfolk is: Brian Tighe, guitar/vocals; Allison LaBonne, bass/vocals; Stephen Ittner, drums, JU, cello. Saltee is: Mike Michel, guitar; Carnage, beat box; JU, cello. Antigravity is: Dean Granros, guitar; Scott Fultz, saxophone; Pat O’Keefe, clarinets; Steve Goldstein, electronics; JU, cello
Sunday, March 6, 2011
Adam Levy, singer/songwriter, guitarist, and member of local bands The Honeydogs and children’s music group Bunny Clogs performed new pieces in collaboration with experimental group Liminal Phase, and Tim O’Keefe (Persian percussion and oud). Two short sets – one by Molly Dean with Dan Zamzow on cello, and another set by emerging hip hop artist Lipset – opened the performance.