The second performance of “Condition Blue” by the Boston quintet CORDIS took place in the Dvorak Concert Hall on Tuesday evening.
Synth stabs, played by Jeremiah Costa, merged with cymbals and gongs that were played underwater in a bowl, and in Permission to Leave, composer and CORDIS artist Richard Grimes’ cymbal was transformed by the almost rhythmic pouring of water into accompanies the same bowl.
While the instruments played might be recognizable to the audience, the way they were played wasn’t.
Andrew Beall’s percussion and Costa’s piano provided Hayes Cummings with the screen to violin his guitar on Matewan and other pieces, where Jeremy Harman’s electric cello playing was often so distorted it was almost like a violin. a second guitar could work.
CORDIS is on its first tour since before the pandemic.
Grimes said the group is still working on their stage chemistry and that he couldn’t help but think of a more challenging piece.
“When I write the music I never think of easy or difficult or whatever, I just think of saying what I want to say, but sometimes it can be a little harder to say on stage than you thought when you wrote it on the computer, ”said Grimes. “That way … you play a piece, but you think about the next piece you are going to play because you think, ‘Remember, you have to start with this and you have to,’ I don’t want to go too fast. ‘ Here, too, it’s just like that to get back into the flow of everything. “
Harman said he enjoyed playing a song he had written called “Preface to God” which was also featured in the September 28 performance of “le Cirque Esprit” in Doudna, for which CORDIS provided the music .
“I like that because it’s built really big and it’s pretty epic and pretty heavy in the end, and that’s why I enjoy that, it’s like a little visceral moment,” said Harman.
Harman also said he liked the challenge that “Angelstyle,” the song that closed the first half, posed for his cello playing.
“It’s a really difficult cello part, so it’s always one that is always a challenge, even though I’ve been playing this song for years.
Harman said Dvorak had proven to be a good place for CORDIS music.
“This is such a great place,” said Harman. “Just being in here and playing on a stage like this… super fun and really satisfying. It is wonderful.”
The final track, “Seems,” ended with a drum solo by Beall, abruptly interrupted by the natural sound of Grimes lit on the left side of the stage and pouring water into a bowl as his bandmates’ instruments faded away.
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