sunday chatter


V.22 No.12 |
Kool Keith

Music

Sci-fi hip-hop, flower power, the Black Spirits and in the key of XX

There are more boss concerts coming up than you can shake a stick at. We took a stab at it anyway. But what about the stuff there just wasn't enough dead tree space to explore? Of primary importance is the 42nd Annual John Donald Robb Composers' Symposium, which happens Sunday, March 24, through Wednesday, March 27. Celebrating the centenary of Stravinsky's Rite of Spring, special guest composers and performers include wireless controller-obsessed Duo X, Italian pianist Emanuele Arciuli and local Sunday favorites Chatter, and they're demoing Robb's Moog Synthesizer this year. For the full schedule, visit the trust's site: robbtrust.org

But experimental and classical composition isn't all our fair city has on offer this week. Whether you're into hip-hop, horrorcore, pornocore, strings, Zimbabwean spirituals or songs written by women, Music to Your Ears has you covered. Peep related A/V below. Sister • Kool Keith • Fri Mar 22 • 10 pm • $16 • 21+ • sisterthebar.com

V.21 No.16 | 4/19/2012
Photo by Andrea Bucheli

Arts

Pianist Lara Downes at Sunday Chatter

San Francisco-born Lara Downes has become world renowned for her take on Bach’s classic Goldberg Variations. She plays her reimagined piece today at 10:30 a.m. at Sunday Chatter at The Kosmos (1715 Fifth Street NW). Read about it in this week’s Performance Preview.

Photo by Andrea Bucheli

Performance Preview

Bach to the Future

Pianist brings modern touch to a centuries-old classic

Most kids don't relish the thought of spending their entire Saturday glued to a piano bench. (It sounds like cruel, Victorian child torture if you ask me.) But that wasn't the case for Lara Downes, who grew up in San Francisco and began playing regularly at the age of 3. "I didn't know there was anything different," says Downes. "I always loved it, I never really wanted to do anything else."

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V.21 No.5 | 2/2/2012

Arts

Genghis Barbie at Sunday Chatter

Like this video? If so you should head to The Kosmos tomorrow morning. It’s OK, the Superbowl doesn’t start until 4:30 p.m. Read about Genghis Barbie in this week’s Performance Preview: Genghis Barbie brings pop hits and French horns to Sunday Chatter.