Oberlin College and Conservatory

Amirtha Kidambi’s Elder Ones

Tuesday, March 19 at 7:30pm to 9:00pm

David H. Stull Recital Hall
77 West College Street, Oberlin, OH 44074

The forthcoming release From Untruth builds upon the bedrock foundation of vocalist and harmonium player Amirtha Kidambi’s previous compositional and conceptual work with Elder Ones, while forging uncharted territory.

After a journey into wordless abstraction on Holy Science, Kidambi felt the urgency of the political moment required a direct and verbal call to action. The lyric fragments in "Eat the Rich", "Decolonize the Mind", "Dance of the Subaltern" and "From Untruth" critique power structures of capitalism, racism, colonialism and fascism, distilling heavy post-colonial theory into concentrated visceral battle cries.

The instrumentation adds a layer of technology as a metaphor for modernity, with Kidambi on analog synthesizer and Max Jaffe's drumming talents extended to electronic sensory percussion. The frenzied improvising of Matt Nelson ’06 on soprano sax and gravity of Nick Dunston on bass, anchor the music in the tradition of free jazz, while it pushes into new futurist realms.

The aesthetic seamlessly reels from modal meditation, atonal expressionism, free improvisation and melodic invention, to unabashed bursts of punk rock energy. This is Elder Ones at an unadulterated breaking point; on the edge of a knife that cuts.

Event Type

Music

Departments

Academic, Contemporary Music, Jazz Studies, TIMARA

Cost

Free

Group
Modern Music Guild
Contact Person

MMG

Contact Phone Number

214-949-2345

Contact E-mail Address

mmg@oberlin.edu

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