By Ted Shen. Special to the Tribune.
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A music reviewer describes a concert where "an irrepressibly rousing stretch of music straight out of the 'Xena' soundtrack" was heard.
'Origins" is the theme of the first phase of a citywide, yearlong arts celebration called Project Millennium. And it informed one of the kick-off events, a collaborative concert given by CUBE and the MASS Ensemble in Columbia College's new concert hall Thursday night. Titled "Spirits and Shadows," the program was an attempt at combining the peculiar talents of these two new-music collectives -- one, classically trained, the other, visually oriented. [snip] The long bow is the centerpiece of most of MASS' New Age-inspired, multimedia performances, including the three here. "Solstice" is a minimalist riff accompanied by images on an overhead monitor of floating clouds and rushing streams. It's a sincere ripoff of Philip Glass and Stan Brakhage. The reference point for "Renaissance" is Michael Nyman's hypnotic film scores. Drum beats and cello drones garnished this sassy revelry of ersatz medieval and Gypsy dance tunes. In "Fire," oboist Patricia Morehead and drummer Brush joined forces with the long-bow duo for an irrepressibly rousing stretch of music straight out of the "Xena" soundtrack. [snip]
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