Concert review: Contemporary festival spotlights daring music

Concert review: Contemporary festival spotlights daring music | The Portland Press Herald / Maine Sunday Telegram.

I'd like to do more of this kind of music-

Review of the Back Cove Contemporary Music Festival By CHRISTOPHER HYDE

I'm not sure aleatoric -- let the players do what they will -- is the right term for DeScherer's "Labyrinthine Trilogy, Book II," since each member of the Bowdoin New Music Ensemble was given a playbook at random, dictating what actions they should take -- reciting lines, moving music stands, shaking boxes or playing real or imaginary instruments -- to make their way out of a labyrinth.

The piece did hold interest, in an open-jawed sort of way, and somehow evolved into "real" music, for piano, percussion, trumpet, clarinet and guitar, with DeScherer's double bass playing (I thought) the role of the dragon in the maze.

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