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element of the Books’ performances—is drawn from outdated media, including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
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