• Tuesday, Oct 12, 2010

    Carnegie Hall Presents Experimental Pop Music Duo The Books in Zankel Hall on Saturday, November 13




    On Saturday, November 13 at 10:00 p.m., cellist Paul de Jong and singer/guitarist Nick Zammuto—collectively known as The Books—present a genre-defying musical performance in Zankel Hall. Described by Zammuto as “collage music,” The Books' signature sound consists of acoustic instrumentation of folk melodies played on guitar, cello, homemade instruments, and occasionally sung lyrics, combined with a diverse range of inanimate object sounds and samples obtained from found cassettes, which are digitally processed, edited, and looped. The sample material—which serves as the central element of the Books’ performances—is drawn from outdated media, including obscure, private-press LPs, VHS tapes, and audio cassettes. These recordings are rescued and given new life as the foundation for sound art disguised as abstract pop songs.

    To see the video for Take Time, a track from the duo’s 2003 release “The Lemon of Pink,” please click here.

    The Books' live shows incorporate video as a primary element, creating an experience somewhere between a rock concert and a film in which the video serves as a "frontman" for the band. As with the majority of the audio samples, the video is mostly culled from abandoned VHS tapes from the 1980s and 1990s and is tightly synchronized to the band's live performance, conveying a vast emotional energy that is at once hilarious and exhilarating for the senses. The Books have released three critically-acclaimed albums on the German label, Tomlab. Their latest recording, The Way Out, was released by Temporary Residence in July 2010. The duo began collaborating while living 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 Information
    Saturday, November 13 at 10:00 p.m.
    Zankel Hall
    The Books

    Bank of America is the Proud Season Sponsor of Carnegie Hall. 

    Ticket Information
    Tickets, $20 and $28, are available at the Carnegie Hall Box Office, 154 West 57th Street, or can be charged to major credit cards by calling CarnegieCharge at 212-247-7800 or by visiting the Carnegie Hall website, carnegiehall.org.

    For more information discount ticket programs, including those for students, Notables members, and Bank of America customers, visit carnegiehall.org/discounts.



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