CARNEGIEHALL PRESENTS EXPERIMENTAL POP MUSIC DUOTHE BOOKS IN ZANKEL HALL ON SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 13
On Saturday, November 13 at 10:00 p.m., cellist Paul deJong and singer/guitarist Nick Zammuto—collectively known as TheBooks—present a genre-defying musical performance in Zankel Hall. Describedby Zammuto as “collage music,” The Books' signature sound consists of acousticinstrumentation of folk melodies played on guitar, cello, homemade instruments,and occasionally sung lyrics, combined with a diverse range of inanimate objectsounds and samples obtained from found cassettes, which are digitallyprocessed, edited, and looped. The sample material—which serves as the centralelement of the Books’ performances—is drawn from outdated media, includingobscure, private-press LPs, VHS tapes, and audio cassettes. These recordingsare rescued and given new life as the foundation for sound art disguised asabstract pop songs.To see the video for Take Time, a track from the duo’s 2003 release “TheLemon of Pink,” please click here.The Books' live shows incorporate video as a primary element, creating anexperience somewhere between a rock concert and a film in which the videoserves as a "frontman" for the band. As with the majority of theaudio samples, the video is mostly culled from abandoned VHS tapes from the1980s and 1990s and is tightly synchronized to the band's live performance,conveying a vast emotional energy that is at once hilarious and exhilaratingfor the senses. The Books have released three critically-acclaimed albums onthe German label, Tomlab. Their latest recording, The Way Out, wasreleased by Temporary Residence in July 2010. The duo began collaborating whileliving in New York City over ten years ago, and they continue to produce, mix,and master their own recordings at home using simple audio gear.Program InformationSaturday, November 13 at 10:00 p.m.Zankel HallThe BooksBank of America is the Proud Season Sponsor of Carnegie Hall.
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