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[GENERATE] Iktus Percussion vs. Paul Pinto
Nov 6, 2015 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm| $20
Varispeed and thingNY founder/co-director Paul Pinto presents the premiere of Long before I dance under those lights, a newly commissioned theatrical work based on the training regimen and routines of amateur boxers, alongside older works Hack It!, Cataract, and and mini_007 developed for New York City-based ensemble Iktus Percussion. The program features a wide array of Pinto’s percussion works, from the wildly theatrical to the meditative.
Long before I dance under those lights is a working title of a new musical theater work developed for Iktus Percussion. Focusing on the parallels between the training rigor of both musicians and boxers, bolstered by complex music and text based on the sounds and stories overheard in gyms during Pinto’s time in Glasgow and Jersey City, this performance will feature an introduction and three 3-minute rounds separated by 30-second instrumental interludes. Contrasting the verbose and virtuosic dramatic scene will be Cataract, a meditative work for multiple drum kits positioned around the hall, surrounding the audience. The result is a stunning continuous cascade of rolls, highlighting the overtones and distinct timbres of the kit. Rounding out the program is mini_007, a miniature for vocalizing percussionist, and Hack It, a virtuosic scene for four very quick speakers from Pinto’s upcoming opera-in-development, Thomas Paine in Violence.