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Connon Chapel
Emory University Atlanta, GA
A group that has been called the “hardest rocking chamber-music quartet” by some advocates will be performing at Emory this month. Birdsongs of the Mesozoic blend classical, rock, minimalist, jazz and free-form improvisational sounds to achieve their unique style. Their eclectic aesthetic has a broad appeal; at a typical Birdsong’s concert, ages range from eight to 80. Billboard magazine has described their sound as “a mesmerizing instrumental venture into the space-age jungle.The Roanoke Times and World News wrote that “if Beethoven were alive today he might even want to sit in with these guys.” The group will present a lecture demonstration at 2:30 p.m., March 16, in 208 White Hall and a concert at 8:15 p.m. on March 17 in Cannon Chapel.

Their repertory consists primarily of original compositions, with all four band members contributing. Their choice of non-original pieces, such as Brian Eno’s Somber Reptiles,” Terry Riley’s In C and the theme from “The Simpsons” perhaps best defines the group’s stylistic parameters.

Instrumentation consists of piano, two synthesizers, guitar and saxophone with electronic and acoustic percussion. The group’s creative use of sound incorporates such unusual “instruments” as an abbreviated clarinet, a five-gallon paint can, a Mercury Cougar hubcap and a washboard.

Founded in 1980, Birdsongs has released material on the Ryodisc, Cuneiform and Ace of Hearts labels.

Members include

Ken Field, saxophones/flute/synthesizer/percussion;

Erik Lindgren, piano/acoustic and electronic percussion/trumpet;

Rick Scott, synthesizer/percussion/abbreviated clarinet; and

Michael Bierylo, guitar and percussion.

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