Posted in music on February 22, 2010

by Andrew Frisicano

Dirty Projectors at Allen Room on Feb 19th...(via)
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Dirty Projectors' 2005 album, "The Getty Address," is far more a contemporary chamber opera than indie-rock. It uses woodwinds, brass, strings and orchestral percussion; its music has dissonances and complexities galore, and only fitfully settles into a steady beat. Lincoln Center's American Songbook series is a natural place for it, and on Friday night at the Allen Room, Dirty Projectors performed "The Getty Address," backed by the chamber ensemble Alarm Will Sound. It was arranged for the concert by Matt Marks and conducted by Alan Pierson.

It was probably the most abstruse offering to date in the series. Just five years after its release "The Getty Address" sounds like both a precursor and a tangent to the rock Dirty Projectors went on to make. It delved into compositional obsessions that would later be channeled into barely less complex songs. [NY Times]

Dirty Projectors played The Getty Address in full on Friday, February 19th, joined by new music ensemble Alarm Will Sound. For the encore, the band returned to play drummerless Bitte Orca tracks "Temecula Sunrise," "Cannibal Resource," "Two Doves" and "No Intention." The show took place at Lincoln Center's Allen Room, one night after Nellie McKay played there. Dirty Projectors do it again on February 27th in L.A.

Between those shows, Alarm Will Sound plays at (Le) Poisson Rouge on Tuesday, February 23rd to showcase the music of the group's own Caleb Burhans. Tickets are on sale. Caleb also performs at a late show at the venue with his layered, lush guitar/violin duo itsnotyouitsme. Avant-electronica act Son Lux opens - tickets to that are on sale. The show is a CD release party for itsnotyouitsme's new album, fallen moments, out now on New Amsterdam Records. AWS's A/Rhythmia came out last year on Nonesuch.

Dave Longstreth and three other composers will be on hand to introduce their work when it's premiered on Wednesday, February 24th at Merkin Hall by Bang on a Can All-Stars (it'll be the world premiere of Longstreth compositions "Instructional Video," "Matt Damon" and "Breakfast at J&M"). Tickets are still on sale.

As Dave Longstreth and Dirty Projectors get more involved with the classical world, they're also getting more intertwined with mainstream pop. Solange Knowles, who performed with Of Montreal (again) in January, covered the DP's popiest tune, "Stillness Is the Move," in 2009. The singer joined the band for a performance of the song and a cover of Groove Theory's "Tell Me" at a Fashion Week party held at Ace Hotel on Feb. 13th. Videos of that set are below...

Solange Knowles & Dirty Projectors "Stillness is the Move"

Solange Knowles and Dirty Projectors Cover "Tell Me" by Groove Theory

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Comments (9)

Adam Samberg and David Byrne were two of the many celebrities who attended this.

Posted by Anonymous | February 22, 2010 5:23 PM

just go away already

Posted by Anonymous | February 22, 2010 5:30 PM

Samberg was probably there because his girlfriend Joanna Newsom was there. And David Byrne's at everything (including the St. Vincent show there less than a month ago).

BV - couldn't find a better photos than one of the menu & one really out of focus, grainy, twitter shot?

Posted by Anonymous | February 22, 2010 5:57 PM

ooooh andy samberg.

so was the show good or just "interesting"?

Posted by Anonymous | February 22, 2010 6:01 PM

Thanks for including videos after the show info.

Posted by Anonymous | February 22, 2010 8:36 PM

There was no photog allowed, it was pretty strict in that sense. The show was no doubt 'good' although it was interesting seeing the band members taking on a reduced role to let the orchestra really play the music. Imagine the pounding drums of the first few tracks played with an orchestral treatment, timpani was banginnnn

Posted by Anonymous | February 22, 2010 9:22 PM

that sounded good anonymus based on your comment. real good

Posted by how to get rid of a yeast infection | March 9, 2010 7:01 PM

Samberg was probably there because his girlfriend Joanna Newsom was there. And David Byrne's at everything (including the St. Vincent show there less than a month ago).

Posted by building solar panels | July 26, 2010 8:01 PM

Oh, and what about those question marks on Sunday's text in the concert poster below? No, that isn't saving a spot for a Smiths reunion or U2 debut on the Coachella stage, it's the way that Yorke presents himself as a solo star, the marquee at his Orpheum concert had the same punctuational flourish.

Posted by منتديات | January 12, 2011 2:39 PM

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