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Photos from the Lucero Concert, April 27 at RIBCO PDF Print E-mail
Music - Feature Stories
Written by Matt Erickson   
Tuesday, 30 April 2013 16:36

Photos from the Lucero concert at RIBCO on April 27, 2013, with opener Langhorne Slim & the Law. For more work by Matt Erickson, visit MRE-Photography.com.

Lucero:

Photo by Matt Erickson, MRE-Photography.com

 
Photos from Victor Wooten Concert, April 21 at the Redstone Room PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Matt Erickson   
Tuesday, 23 April 2013 09:28

Photos from the Victor Wooten concert at the Redstone Room on April 21, 2013, as part of Polyrhythms’ Third Sunday jazz series. For more work by Matt Erickson, visit MRE-Photography.com.

Photo by Matt Erickson, MRE-Photography.com

 
Fighting Fate Through Music: The Quad City Symphony, April 13 at the Adler Theatre PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Frederick Morden   
Monday, 22 April 2013 12:25

Pyotr Tchaikovsky said his Fourth Symphony was about fate, and even used a “fate motif” – a recurring musical representation of a central programmatic idea – as an autobiographical statement. The topic was deeply personal, as he considered homosexuality his destiny.

In correspondence with his patroness, Tchaikovsky wrote in code about his struggle with his “condition,” calling it his “fate, the fatal power which prevents one from attaining the goal of happiness.”

This intensity of internal conflict represented in the music elevated his fourth symphony from his first three and created a model for his next two. Tchaikovsky’s torment and his longing to find happiness were resonantly brought to life in a searing, tender, and ultimately triumphant performance by the Quad City Symphony Orchestra and Musical Director and Conductor Mark Russell Smith on April 13 at the Adler Theatre.

 
An Attention to Detail and Shape: “Hello Quad Cities – Volume 2” and Comfort, “Avalon” PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Jeff Ignatius   
Wednesday, 17 April 2013 05:13
The first track of any various-artists compilation bears a heavy burden, required to set the tone for what follows even though the performer had no role in crafting the remainder of the songs. Chris Coleslaw’s “Sterling ILL” does this on Hello Quad Cities – Volume 2 with a verse that succinctly repeats a common complaint about the Midwest, and the Quad Cities: “So New York grows / Hollywood glows / Well here in the middle / Well they say it just snows.”

Coleslaw’s delivery over acoustic guitar is poignant without being doleful – matter of fact yet clearly felt.

The sequencing here is smart – implicitly framing the second limited-edition local compilation as a rebuttal to the argument that our community is a dull dead end and then backing it up with “Sterling ILL” and 11 other exclusive tracks. (Hello Quad Cities is available on colored vinyl only, but each copy comes with a digital-download code.) Last fall’s Volume 1 was notable for its consistency, and the follow-up comes close to rivaling it.

 
Photos from the Bernie Worrell Orchestra Concert, April 13 at Rozz-Tox PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Matt Erickson   
Tuesday, 16 April 2013 10:07

Photos from the Bernie Worrell Orchestra concert (with Jaik Willis) at RIBCO on April 13, 2013. For more work by Matt Erickson, visit MRE-Photography.com.

Bernie Worrell Orchestra. Photo by Matt Erickson, MRE-Photography.com.

 
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