Originally posted on December 30, 2010
Dither played Abrons Art Center earlier this month, performing new and “incubating” works written or arranged for the electric guitar quartet, who performed with their usual virtuosic ease. See clips from the concert in the video above.
First on the set was Eve Beglarian’s Garden of Cyrus, which was originally written in 1985 for electronics in the twelve tone technique of composition. Newly arranged for Dither, this engrossing piece gives the impression of bright strands of sound alternately aligning and going out of synch with each other.
Next came Ted Hearne’s Aberrations, a work in progress that will eventually be about an hour long and separated into movements. Intricately fashioned, prominent in this movement is the creation of a single line whose individual notes are played in succession by each of the four guitarists. Devilishly tricky to play (though Dither rose to the occasion with aplomb), splitting up the line in this way gives it an intriguing three-dimensional quality.
Nick Didkovsky’s expansive, expressive Vox Requiem followed. The full title is Vox Requiem in Memoriam Ronny James Dio, and was inspired by the singer’s unique vocal quality. Written in the style of minimalist-concert-piece-meets-heavy-metal-epic, the piece’s sweeping melodies were clearly reminiscent of the vehement passion of Dio’s singing style.
Last on the set was a workshop version of Tristan Perich’s Interference Logic for electric guitar quartet and one-bit multichannel system. The six speakers of the multichannel system acted as a sort of second group, with Dither at times not playing at all while the one-bit group played “solo.” The rhythmic, repetitive nature of the music and the interplay between Dither and the one-bit sounds reaped an intense, vivid sound.