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Posted December 28, 2010
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.

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