The audience is driving now
To commemorate the Rite centennial, the most effective and beautiful music animation I've seen

"Does it smell like a dance party in here?"

The Living Frobius Octet - an unholy combination of the Living Earth Show, Mobius Trio, and Friction Quartet - capped off the Hot Air New Music Festival with a fantastic, beer-fueled show at the Hotel Utah Saloon, which has to be the tinest venue in the world to still have a balcony. The concert featured works by Adrian Knight, Brendon Randall-Myers, Aaron Jay Kernis, Danny Clay, and Nick Benavides.


Aaron Jay Kernis' campy 100 Greatest Dance Hits provided the quote that is the title of the piece, overheard after a spirited performance of it by the Friction Quartet and Mobius Trio guitarist Rob Nance. Benavides' funky and the horse you rode in on inspired some rump-shaking and, I believe, the Harlem Shake.

The high point of the show for me was Brendon Randall-Myers' Sherlock Horse: Horse Detective for string quartet and drumset. I've written about Randall-Myers' and his math-rock band Grains for NewMusicBox and had heard this piece several months ago in Berkeley, but the version performed at the Hotel Utah was extensvely revised. The original version was intense without letup - Randall-Myers' called it "monolithic" - but in the revised version he added some contracting sections as well as reoccuring motifs in the violins that offer a break from the more gnarly stretches and serve as reference points in the overall structure of the work.

The Friction Quartet and drummer Andrew Meyerson tore into this complex music with startling ease and really just played the crap out of it. Sherlock Horse: Horse Detective a very cool piece and Randall-Myers has a unique musical voice. Check out his music here.