City Slang: This week at Trinosophes

October 17, 2013
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Elizabeth Ward

Elizabeth Ward’s Vitus Dance practice performance is just one of the highlights at Trinosophes this week. According to the venue, “This is a 15-minute performance practice at 7:30 pm by dancer-in-residence Elizabeth Ward — stop in and check it out on Third Thursday, and then move on to other venues! Dancer Elizabeth Ward presents an introduction to her 10-day Trinosophes residency, co-hosted by Biba Bell. Ward will focus on her interpretation of the medieval phenomenon of dancing mania, or St. Vitus’ dance. Using deep body memory from classical training, Vitus Dance is a nomadic meditation on fractures of time and architecture, framed by balances, turns and arabesques.”

Performance at 7:30 pm. Free.

On Friday, October 18, Clem Fortuna presents a Microtonal Music Revue, featuring Jacob Barton and Andrew Heathwaite, plus the music of Clem Fortuna, Frank Pahl, Joel Peterson and Harry Partch.

“This concert features music written for unusual tuning systems that utilize microtones (pitches that are a smaller distance apart than the standard Western “half-step”). Headlining the show will be two preeminent microtonal composers, Jacob Barton and Andrew Heathwaite. Also featured will be new works and performances by Detroiters Clem Fortuna, Frank Pahl, Joel Peterson, Jennie Knaggs, as well as works by maverick microtonal composers such as Harry Partch (1901 – 1974) and Nicola Vicentino (1511 – 1575).”

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On Saturday, October 19, we get Chuck Johnson and Nick Schillace.

“Chuck Johnson is a composer and musician residing in Oakland, CA. He approaches his work with an ear towards finding faults and instabilities that might reveal latent beauty, with a focus on American Primitive guitar, experimental electronics, and minimalist composition. He will be performing at Trinosophes in support of his solo acoustic guitar LP Crows In The Basilica, released last May on Three Lobed Recordings.
Nick Schillace is well-known to Detroit music aficionados as a stellar solo guitarist/banjoist and member of such diverse groups as the folky Lac La Belle, Odu Afrobeat Orchestra, the experimental strings-driven Duo Unduo and Dixieland jazz ensemble Detroit Pleasure Society. Although he’s spent most of his recent musical energy on performing in his groups, this concert is part of a planned return to his solo instrumental material. Drawing on his time spent with all styles of banjo and traditional guitar, Schillace’s recent solo instrumental compositions draw on the elements of early 20th music.”


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