Arts and Culture
Edwin Outwater & KWS take Dan Deacon’s high-art dance party to a new level with 20 children, a bus, and Mozart
“...a shot of pure, musical adrenalin” (The Guardian)
KITCHENER - “If Dan Deacon comes your way, go. If you're the type of person afraid of being called on or afraid of being a participant, go anyway! It will change your life forever. Oh, and the music is insanely good. It was the best party I've ever witnessed, with the best the music ever.”
In his first-ever collaboration with an orchestra, electronic artist and composer Dan Deacon will be joining the Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony and Music Director Edwin Outwater for a concert on February 3rd and 4th at the Conrad Centre for the Performing Arts in Kitchener, ON.
Known for his innovative programming, Edwin Outwater took up the Baltimore-based composer Dan Deacon’s MySpace call for new arrangements of his music. The resulting concert will feature a new work by and with the “circuitboard genius” for electronics and orchestra, an arrangement by Outwater of an older Deacon work, and a collaborative new take on Mozart’s Eine Kleine Nachtmusik.
Awarded Pitchfork’s “Best New Music” stamp of approval, Dan Deacon combines a Masters in classical composition from SUNY with electronics to create dance anthems music that is both entertaining and unpredictable. Deacon’s live shows remove the barriers between audience and performers and his KWS appearance will stay true to form: the cast list calls for ‘20 screaming children’ who will interact with the crowd.
“Dan’s music is the ultimate intersection part party, part art,” explains Outwater. “Traditional orchestra concerts are very passive, non-participatory; Dan’s concerts are all about audience interaction. We’re reinventing the orchestral experience with this concert it’s about getting involved in the music and having a good time.”
Deacon’s influences are wide-ranging and include everyone from Devo and Talking Heads to Iannis Xenakis and Steve Reich. He is also composing a piece for noted New York ensemble So Percussion and electronics premiering in January, 2011.