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Reviews of Songs of Wars I Have Seen Mar 10, 2010

Here's what some local publications are saying about the past weekend at OtB:

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Seattle Chamber Players and Heiner Goebbels Mar 8, 2010

Zach Carstensen posted some more background on how Seattle Chamber Players came to find Heiner Goebbels and why this composer is making important waves in the contemporary art scene:

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War and Romance, Honey and Chickens Mar 5, 2010

Last night, with so much to look at, listen to, and comprehend, I found myself ebb back and forth between both overwhelming curiosity and peaceful enjoyment. Listening to the music of Heiner Goebbels, performed by Seattle Chamber Players and Pacific Musicworks was a mind whirling treat. Three works in length, the show was a smooth transition from a short overture, to an amusing rendition of Monteverdi’s II Combattimento di Tancredi e Clorinda (where I was highly intrigued by the Monty Python –esque character reenactments) to the third, hour long piece by Goebbels.

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Seattle Times on Songs of Wars I Have Seen: "close to flawless" Mar 5, 2010

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"Something Weird This Way Comes" Mar 4, 2010

Yesterday Brendan Kiley began trying to piece together Goebbels and what will be happening onstage this weekend:

This weekend at On the Boards, German composer/spectacle maker Heiner Goebbels will present his Songs of Wars I Have Seen, based on Gertrude Stein's memoir about being an American expatriate during WWII. I know next to nothing about Goebbels, but video clips of his other performances are deeply, magnetically odd and dreamy.

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Interview with Heiner Goebbels Mar 3, 2010

Once you've read the beginnner's guide and then followed up with the aesthetics of Heiner Goebbels, you're ready to hear from the man himself. A good place to start is  with this interview/feature on Heiner written by Jeremy Barker at the SunBreak.

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"It's like we live in a real city" Mar 3, 2010

Michael van Baker at the SunBreak posted a review of Icebreaker and a quick preview of Songs of Wars I Have Seen this weekend. How to sum it all up? How about this:

"It's exciting. It's like we live in a real city, where our artistic William Tells don't aim their arrows squarely at the middlebrow, but at the not-quite-attainable apple."

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