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Pulled Through Dimensions Feb 24, 2014

Having attended and performed in many OtB shows I can perhaps be forgiven for assuming that last week's Seattle Chamber Players concert, Icebreaker, would begin at the heretofore universal starting time, 8:00. Turns out it was 7:30, and consequently I can only comment on two-thirds of the program. You can take the girl out of the rock show but not the rock show out of the girl.

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"Nerve-wrackingly intricate" – Thomas May reviews Icebreaker VII Feb 19, 2014

"Seattle Chamber Players (SCP) just concluded Icebreaker, its biennial two-day festival of new music. This year’s edition, the seventh in their history, was titled open source, with a focus on high-tech music-making.

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Nothing Like Your Average Chamber Concert Feb 19, 2014

For those who haven't had the chance to attend a Seattle Chamber Players concert, you don't know that the experience is nothing like your average chamber concert. In fact, it may feel more reminiscent of a rock & roll show, or even a 3D movie. It's very rare, in my experience as an audience member, to be completely captivated throughout an entire concert, but this event was a game changer. This ensemble truly succeeds in curating exceptionally innovative, daring and engaging programs that can challenge ones expectations.

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anxiety, videos Feb 17, 2014

According to the baritone soloist Jared Michael Brown on Luís Tinoco’s Spam! (the first piece on the evening’s program), clips of the videos accompanying the monodrama (oratorio?) were “a live feed from YouTube.” In a similar spirit, may I present an Index of Thoughts During Icebreaker VII, Concert 1, along with a relevant link to the Internet.

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Electrified Psychedelic Journey Feb 17, 2014

If you're a fan of contemporary music, live in Seattle, and DIDN'T check-out An Index of Metals last night you should be ashamed of yourself.  Granted, like the distinctive Pink Floyd sample that marks the beginning of the piece, it's probably best appreciated on a recording with headphones and your legal/illegal depressant/stimulant of choice.  Still, experiencing this rarely performed "video opera" in person is worth changing your plans for and settling for a couple drinks from the bar.  Agata Zubel, soprano (doubling on megaphone!), was the perfect choice for

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