The Machine Gun Etudes 
(running out of ammo…)
Translator Lab

March 22, 2012 – 7:00 PM
Composer Mark Mantel continues his evolving interdisciplinary series The Machine Gun Concerto, with the performance of the fourth installation, The Machine Gun Etudes  (running out of ammo…). Socially conscious poets/spoken word artists Elvis Thao and Victor DeLorenzo, and filmmaker/videographer Scott Johnson will contribute words and visual images while a quartet of musicians (soprano sax, violin, cello, and vibraphone) perform six works in alternation with the other artists.Continuing the spirit of the interdisciplinary and improvisational nature of this work, the composer has provided the poets and filmmaker with only the the titles to the sections of the work they will realize, fused with an understanding of the work’s overtly antiwar/pro-peace themes.  A few musical directions from previous performances have also been suggested.  Additionally the regional recollections of the anti war and civil rights movements in the late 1960’s, as referenced by the great Jimi Hendrix in his Machine Gun, provide a larger context to the current and continuing saga in Iraq and Afghanistan.This work also pays tribute to the  Daniel Pearl Foundation’s World Music Days.  For many years, the composer has organized a number of concerts and events that mirror the legacy of Daniel Pearl and support the work of the Daniel Pearl Foundation.

Join performers Janet Schiff, Albert Abena, Cindy Covelli, and Mark Mantel at The Translator Lab on Thursday, March 22, 2012.  The room will activate at 7:00 P.M., with conversation and a special ambient version of The Machine Gun Concerto.  The performance will begin at 8:00 P.M. Donations will be accepted.  The Translator Lab is located at 415 E. Menomonee Street.

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