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Greg Bendian 

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"I don't want to create imaginary sound worlds," says Greg Bendian. "I want to create sounds you can taste. Sounds you can walk into." Bendian, whose skills have been sought out by such new-music bigwigs as Leo Smith, John Zorn, Christian Marclay, and (most recently) Cecil Taylor, is an unusual percussionist: able to dart and weave--and thus to fit in to the protean music conceived by many of his collaborators--he can also bring weight and volume to the effort. (Imagine a hummingbird that's retained its essential hummingbirdness, even though it's the size of an eagle.) Bendian has planned a concert of solo percussion works, specifically pieces for "prepared" vibraphone, which he has been using in an attempt to expand the limitations and expectations of that instrument. It may be just one guy up there with sticks and some things to beat them on, but I do not expect it to be dull. Saturday, 8 PM, Club Lower Links, 954 W. Newport; 248-5238.

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