Posted in music | pictures on February 28, 2009

photos by Kyle Dean Reinford

Shuffle Mode

"Shuffle Mode," the Brooklyn Philharmonic program on Thursday night [2/26] at the Brooklyn Academy of Music, put the orchestra on an equal footing with two indie-rock bands: Clogs, from Brooklyn, and Bell Orchestre, from Montreal. Both are connected to better-known indie-rock bands: two members of Clogs are in the National, and two members of Bell Orchestre are in Arcade Fire.

More to the point, both include conservatory-trained musicians writing what's essentially chamber music, using the same pool of ideas as nominally classical contemporary composers: Minimalist repetition, elements of traditional music and a rediscovery of melody. [NY Times]

All three groups were on stage at the same time (playing in "shuffle mode"). Though the music is/was mostly intrumental, as promised, there were guest vocalists. Shara Worden (My Brightest Diamond) sang one song with Clogs and the Brooklyn Philharmonic, and then Shara and Sufjan Stevens joined Clogs for the song "We Were Here". More pictures below...

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The same lineup played the much smaller Tonic in Manhattan in 2005.

Grizzly Bear and Final Fantasy play in the same location with the Brooklyn Philharmonic tonight (2/28)

National tour dates HERE.

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Comments (13)

Great show, especially by Bell Orchestre. Tonight's will probably be even better.

Posted by Anonymous | February 28, 2009 1:58 PM

Yeah this show was excellent.

Posted by Anonymous | February 28, 2009 2:11 PM

looks sooooo boring ... man, i miss rock n' roll ... where's david yow when you need him?

Posted by eli | February 28, 2009 2:45 PM

@eli

you're a dumbass. this was not boring at all. quite the contrary - especially bell orchestre. they were phenomenal.

Posted by Anonymous | February 28, 2009 3:12 PM

brooklyn rockers have become pretentious ... i blame sufjan's presence ....

Posted by eli | February 28, 2009 4:14 PM

looks great... I wish I could have gone.

@eli... oh well. too bad for you in that you can't find joy in it. :)

~Dan

Posted by POSTY MCPOSTERTON | February 28, 2009 4:56 PM

show was insane. rockers are allowed to have other interests.

Posted by Anonymous | February 28, 2009 5:53 PM

This show was not pretentious at all. If you'd been there, you would have heard great music and enjoyed yourself.

Posted by Anonymous | March 1, 2009 12:20 PM

this all reminds me of rock music circa the early 70s, when rockers suddenly thought of themselves as "serious musicians," spawning pompous, turgid bands like ELP, and Yes, and King Crimson, and the Moody Blues ... then the Ramones came and slew them all ...

Posted by eli | March 1, 2009 5:41 PM

Uh, Eli, have you ever actually heard Bell Orchestre, or are you just trolling...?

Posted by Names | March 1, 2009 9:16 PM

This show was good. It wasn't exactly rock music at all, just great (mostly)instrumental work. I really liked Padma Newsome's (Clogs) energetic performance. It was amazing when two members of Bell Orchestre came down from stage to perform in the aisle.

Posted by L. | March 1, 2009 11:18 PM

I really enjoyed the show. I've been to both the arcade fire and national shows in the past, but never clogs or bell orchestre. This wasn't a dance concert, but there were some very energetic people in the rows ahead of me who may disagree. All around an amazing show, would definitely see them again.

Posted by N. | March 2, 2009 1:47 PM

It wasn't exactly rock music at all, just great (mostly)instrumental work. I really liked Padma Newsome's (Clogs) energetic performance. It was amazing when two members of Bell Orchestre came down from stage to perform in the aisle.

Posted by detective conan | April 17, 2009 4:49 PM

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