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Ensemble Pamplemousse

Andrew Munsey

Ensemble Pamplemousse & Mocrep 

When: Fri., Nov. 4, 8 p.m. 2016
Price: $15, $10 in advance
Ensemble Pamplemousse started out 13 years ago as a new-music ensemble, but you can’t cram them into that box anymore. The Brooklyn-based sextet’s forthcoming self-released USB-drive album . . . This Is the Uplifting Part is a sequence of videos that mix together music and visual content in contradictory ways—often what’s onscreen has nothing to do with what you hear. Band members play interlocking electric-keyboard grooves and angular string constructions while reciting cooking tips deadpan; then the footage cuts to them miming, or to bright color fields. Pamplemousse don’t seem concerned with making material cohere, but instead revel in disjunction—something the ensemble will likely emphasize even more tonight, when they’ll play a 50-minute-long sequence of collaboratively developed music they characterize as “an exquisite corpse of exquisite corpses.” Members of the ensemble will also join openers Mocrep, a local group that shares their intermedia inclinations, to play a program including Neele Hülcker’s “Crackles,” a new piece by Mocrep member Zach Moore, and another worked out by the entire group during their ongoing residence at the Mana Contemporary Chicago art center in Pilsen.
— Bill Meyer



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