Clare & the Reasons | Pritzker Pavilion, Millennium Park | Rock, Pop, Etc | Chicago Reader

Clare & the Reasons Free Soundboard Recommended Critics' Picks

When: Mon., Aug. 23, 6:30 p.m. 2010

Spry, elegant New York pop band Clare & the Reasons seems an odd fit for the city's new Dusk Variations series, a showcase for artists exploring the intersection of pop and classical music. Singer Clare Manchon's husband and collaborator, violinist Olivier, recently released Orchestre de Chambre Miniature, Volume 1 (ObliqSound), a rich but accessible exercise in chamber jazz with some terrific solos by reedist John Ellis; it would be a more obvious match. But the Reasons' 2009 album, Arrow (Frog Stand), is such a breezy delight that I don't really care to quibble about the chance to see them live. The timeless arrangements are built on string swoops and pulsing pizzicato, plangent contrapuntal horns, and the occasional guitar arpeggio, while the catchy vocal melodies reveal Clare's clear admiration for the Beatles. Her restrained, considered delivery (she is, after all, Geoff Muldaur's daughter) references both chanson and contemporary indie rock—even on a cover of Genesis's "That's All." The Manchons and bassist-guitarist Bob Hart will be joined by three local musicians: Justin Almosch on French horn and Reed Capshaw and Ellis Seiberling on trombones. —Peter Margasak

Price: Free

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