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02/23/2004 Maurice Rickard: The Dark Night Cabaret

Announcement
Hot on the heels of Mr. & Mr$ Funky's The Last Supper at the 31st St. Pub last night (music and food provided by members of the Pgh. music community's hipoisie), I'm turning right around and doing another show on Monday, this time as part of the Dark Night Cabaret, which is held at the University of Pittsburgh's Studio Theatre (the one in the basement of the Cathedral of Learning).

I'm not sure who all's playing, or in what order, but I know I'll be continuing my election-year series with the recent single, a new political piece or two, and possibly hauling something or other out of the back catalog. Since my relatively cruelty-free testing on various audiences has shown them to respond best to the fractured IDM beats, expect some more of those. Dance to it, nod your head to it, twitch to it, whatever--it's your nervous system, so bring it on over.

8PM Monday February 23, Studio Theatre, Cathedral of Learning basement level. All ages. I dunno, isn't it like $5 or something? It's a whole evening of entertainment encompassing the whole range of human emotion--comedy, tragedy, drama, the whole bit. See you there.


Report
Again, only at a significant remove am I getting a chance to write this up. I'm a slouch. In retrospect, this set of mine was marked by an unsettled and unfocused quality, the very first wave of an extremely nasty cold which would bring me down for the better part of a week and a half.

I knew I wouldn't be able to do guitar clouds for this one, so I spent some time preparing an expanded second W piece in Live, and some fallback pieces based on the ones I whipped up for the late January Kiva Han show. I also had a lot of paid development work to do, and tried to juggle all this, and my concentration during the set suffered. The beginning signs were during load-in, when I had trouble setting up--not because it was difficult, but because I wasn't sure exactly what sound reinforcement I'd be facing, and some critical parts of my attention were already distracted by the oncoming cold. I wasn't being as flexible or enthusiastic about meeting the uncertainties of the setup as I'd usually be. Still, we worked it out.

I was up first, and got good response from the poem (easy--there's not any variance as such in this, but I did screw up the initial triggering of the piece. "Bush League" was up next (listen to it at onezero music), which I did passably, but I wasn't pleased with how I kept up (or failed to keep up) the guitar end of things. The second, newer Bush piece didn't hold together for me. I liked some of the samples, as did some audients, but it didn't cohere. I was lacking the attention I'd need to bring it off. I shoehorned in an ill-advised piece involving speech samples from other people in the Administration, but by this time the point was beaten into a little greasy spot. As if that wasn't problematic enough, I also went for a kind of honors circle of ill-advisedness and did an Ableton Live version of "The Apparition," during which I tried to let it ring out, but hadn't disabled all the loops. Oops. We faded at the board.

The other acts--a video, a reading, a promising singer/songwriter in the country/folk space (also playing a Kalamazoo! His is acoustic, and from the '30s) were much more succinct than I, but nonetheless I seemed to make a few new well-wishers. I sold a few CDs, got paid for my share of the door, and was able to pay my parking with some left over. I declined the post-show drink, and went home feeling exhausted from the beginnings of the cold's misery, which would dog me for the next week.

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