Icy Demons, Daedelus, Arnold Dreyblatt & His Orchestra of Excited Strings, Dead Machines Critic's Choice Recommended Soundboard

When: Sun., Sept. 14, 9 p.m. 2008

Berlin-based American composer Arnold Dreyblatt is an acolyte of drone minimalists La Monte Young and Pauline Oliveros, but his work with the Orchestra of Excited Strings—an ever-changing company—has an added polyrhythmic density that’s as viscerally exciting as the heaviest metal or most electric techno. Dreyblatt starts tonight’s set with a solo version of his 1979 piece “Nodal Excitation” performed on his “Electric Strings bass,” a double bass strung with piano wire. After that he’s joined by North Carolina freak-folk trio Megafaun, aka the current incarnation of his Orchestra of Excited Strings, with whom he just completed a residency in upstate New York. Dreyblatt says some new compositions may include banjo and mandolin, a first for the orchestra. Tonight’s show is part of Adventures in Modern Music. —Monica Kendrick

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