"Handless" is a superbly executed presentation of the Ragged Wing Ensemble's current season at the center stage on the Richmond El Cerrito border.The set decoration, costumes, effects and audio mixing effortlessly flow together drawing the audience further in to this twisted relm.
The story, based on the Brothers Grimm tale of the handless maden, and is result of a year-long obsession for writer and director Amy Sass. When you pick up the devil at the side of the road, what else could he want more than the hand of your lovely daughter. And you would be lucky to catch this talented troupe, before they fly on to the next performance.
The Bistro • 1001 B Street • Hayward, CA 94541 • (510) 886-8525
03/24/2010 • 8:00 pm • http://www.facebook.com/home.php?#!/event.php?eid=292693141211
Thursday, Mar 4 2010 8:00 PM
Outsound PresentsCost : $6-10 sliding scale
Conduct your own orchestra night.
Here's how it works: The "Conductors" listed below were the first to reply to an invitational email to conduct the orchestra. Different conduction techniques can be used (including but not limited to hand gestures, verbal directions, cue cards and graphical scores). We will provide a basic set of cue cards as well as blank paper and black magic marker.
Mark Briggs - flute
Beau Casey - violin
Amar Chaudhary - Trad. Indian instruments
Phillip Greenlief - sax
Rent Romus - sax
Sebastian Krawczuk - double bass
Brendan Landis - guitar
Bob Marsh - violin/cello
Ann O'Rourke - percussion
A friend recently passed me, one of the gems of 2009. Produced at Sound Arts in San Francisco, Lily Taylor's "overtones" is both soulful and melodic. The dominant instrumentation is voice and piano, with occasional interludes and conjectures by guitarist John Miller and cellist Stephan Canny. Lily Taylor, also known for her numerous performances around the city as a live looping artist, puts forth a strong show singing lead and back up vocals. The temporal quality of Lily's voice is reminiscent of 6° artist Jorane, emoting a similar contemporary classical style. One particular draw is the clean and unhurried sense of sensibility, the eight songs unfold naturally in their own space and time, a welcome relief from the all too high speed pace of modern life. The narrative of songs found is both intriguing and mysterious, leaving the listener far from jaded and definitely thirsting for more. Searching itunes I couldn't find this album, though Lily has a MySpace webpage:
Where you can wet your appetite with samples and find out about shows.