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posted Friday, April 8, 2011 - Volume 39 Issue 14
A Dyke About Town: Trisha Brown Dance Company amazing
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A Dyke About Town: Trisha Brown Dance Company amazing

by Mercy Moosemuzzle - SGN Contributing Writer

Rainbow City Band
Mercy and Cuteness sat in on Rainbow City Band's rehearsal on March 29. They wanted to see the band's April in Paris concert, but it conflicted with the Men's Chorus. Mercy would like to see these two groups coordinate calendars so this doesn't happen again

Michael Clark's direction was good-humored and to the point. He said, 'This is about getting in the groove.' The material - 'Carmen,' 'American in Paris,' and 'Tribute to Count Basie' - was energetic. Mercy liked watching middle school band teacher Anne Krieder, who won the right to direct the band at their auction. She was clearly enjoying having a more adult group than her eighth graders. Cuteness laughed when Krieder said, 'Tubas, as big as you can. Beast it out.' The piece she was playing, 'Scene from the Louvre,' was new to Mercy and Cuteness, and pleasing.

Madeleine Peyroux
Mercy and Cuteness loved Madeleine Peyroux at Jazz Alley on March 31. Her lush voice reminded Mercy of Marlene Dietrich. Cuteness found Madeleine's phrasing reminiscent of Billie Holiday, and the singer had the thrilling tone of Edith Piaf (she didn't see Dietrich). Madeleine's band of Gary Versace (piano), Barak Mori (bass), and Darren Beckett (drums) was tight. The evening of ballads was satisfying.

Peyroux was an engaging storyteller. She said she was appreciating the green of Seattle. Madeleine said she lives in Brooklyn. Although there is a book titled A Tree Grows In Brooklyn, it was written 40 years ago, and things have changed a lot.

Mercy didn't recognize Madeleine's name at first. When she sang 'Dance Me to the End of Love,' Mercy said, 'Oh, that Madeleine Peyroux.' She loves the singer's rendition of the Leonard Cohen song. Cuteness reminded Mercy the song was on their commitment ceremony playlist. Other high points were originals 'Don't Wait Too Long,' 'You Can't Win,' and an untitled song with the chorus 'Meet me in Rio.'

Trisha Brown Dance Company
Mercy and Cuteness saw the Trisha Brown Dance Company at University of Washington World Dance Series on April 1. The dancers had amazing bodies. Mercy liked the Laurie Anderson music for the first number, 'Set and Reset.' Cuteness would have liked something more melodic. They both agreed the sheer costumes, in shades of silver, were beautiful.

With 'Watermotor,' a solo, and 'Opal Loop/Cloud Installations,' with two couples both done in silence, Cuteness was missing having music at all. She thought 'Opal Loop' would have done more with the smoke, but the dancers didn't interact with it at all.

Fortunately, 'Les Yeux at l'aime' was melodic and graceful. The full company piece fit Pygmalion by Rameau nicely.

Seattle Men's Chorus (SMC)
The first half of SMC's concert, Falling in Love Again featured music from the Weimar Republic. Cuteness liked that the dancers from Spectrum Dance Theater were real dancers (SMC's native choreography has never been their strong point, in her view). She thought the soloist, Nick Garrison, who emceed the first half as the master of ceremonies from Cabaret, was great. 'T'aint No Sin (to Take Off Your Skin),' performed by Captain Smarty Pants, stayed with Mercy.

The second half featured a moving opera For a Look and a Touch, about a Gay couple who were separated by the Nazis when one was arrested and later murdered for being Jewish and homosexual. The music by Jake Heggie and the lyrics by Gene Scheer worked well together. Morgan Smith and David Pichette had strong voices for the leads. The chorus played the other people in the camp.

Cuteness didn't feel the two halves worked well together, because the seriousness of the material in the second half was so different. She also didn't care for interpretive dance dealing with the Holocaust. Mercy thought the two halves worked well, showing how much the mood changed in Berlin when Hitler came to power. She felt there were inklings of what was to come in the cabaret section.

Marcia Ball
Mercy and Cuteness are very much looking forward to Marcia Ball coming to the Triple Door on March 13. Ball has a powerful voice and knowing fingers on the piano. She grew up in Louisiana and lives in Texas. Much of her work deals with Louisiana themes, including dealing with hurricane Katrina.

You can get your tickets at thetripledoor.com.

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