It was an evening filled with memorable moments: Heather Barringer pounding on cafeteria boxes to augment the percussive intensity of Urban Rite;" the second Hymnopedie" (a pun on Satie's Gymnopedies") with just bass clarinet and accordion; Sharon Wettstein's piano solo segment followed by a whirling klezmer dance on the 9/11-inspired Wing/Prayer;" Pat O'Keefe blowing air via his soprano sax into the echo chamber" of the piano over Wettstein's prolonged sustain-pedal ending of Closer by Far;" the four-handed marimba followed by Wettstein's madcap run on toy piano on the two-part selection from Industrious Angels;" Klucevsek's solo pieces, including the most sophisticated iceskating" music (a continual V-I chord progression) on My Walk With Ligeti" and the jousting rhythmic folksong, Ratatatatouille;" the perfect harmony of clarinet and accordion on AOK Chorale;" and the lumbering percussion of the final Pink Elephant," rendered as a twisted Caravan."
Throughout, Klucevsek was a charming commentator and accordion educator, his music filled with humor as well as soaring artistry. And no one at Studio Z had more fun than Klucevsek and his Zeitgeist co-conspirators.
Whatever they are doing at Studio Z, go! Throughout the year, Zeitgeist performs commissioned new works and presents an eclectic series of new and experimental music.