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Genre-Defying Percussion and Multimedia Ensemble Tigue to Perform at Simon’s Rock

GREAT BARRINGTON, MA—A trio of innovative percussionists who call themselves “Tigue” will present a unique and cutting-edge performance as part the South Berkshire Concert Series on Saturday, October 19, at 8 pm in the McConnell Theater of the Daniel Arts Center on the campus of Bard College at Simon’s Rock. Their program, entitled “Breathing Castle,” blends improvisation and multimedia elements of theater with an environmental sensibility. Admission is free, with a suggested donation of $10. For further information, call 413-528-7212. 
The Brooklyn-based trio (Matt Evans, Amy Garapic and Carson Moody) makes their own kinetic and hypnotic blend of instrumental minimalism while opening up the possibilities of their instrumentation through commissioning and collaboration. Tigue’s debut album, “Peaks,” was released in 2015 with New Amsterdam Records with highlighted performances at the Ecstatic Music Festival, Bric Celebrate Brooklyn! Festival, and the Zemlika Festival in Durbe, Latvia. Recent commissions and premieres have included works by Molly Herron, Randy Gibson, Jason Treuting, Adrian Knight, and Robert Honstein alongside collaborative ventures with Kid Millions and visual artist/sculptor Michael Mercil. These works have been presented in concert halls, galleries, black box theaters, and universities throughout the country including EMPAC, Roulette, The deCordova Sculpture Park and Museum, Noguchi Museum, Yale School of Music, and Princeton University. Praised for their focused and “high octane” performances (New York Times), the Ohio-born band members have worked together since they were practically children.

Tigue describes their forthcoming Simon’s Rock performance this way: “breathing castle” collages hypnotic percussive compositions, sculptural sound objects, and experiments with the physical nature of sound, into an evening-length performance that investigates [our] personal desires for a greater ecological empathy. Rather than being “about” or “representing” relationships with nature, Tigue’s compositions embody an inquisitive and caring connection with this … earth—the warming world.  With “breathing castle,” Tigue continues to consider the reflexive theater of musical performance—how performing music is a natural form of theater and how that theater, in turn, informs a musical language. 

Tigue has been received enthusiastically in the press:
—”Like light itself, Tigue’s music is a combination of waves and particles, of percussive strikes and distended drones adding up to either abstractly challenging pop or accessible contemporary classical music, depending on your point of view.”
-Richard Gehr, Village Voice

—”…an imaginative, distinctive, hypnotic yet kinetic blend of indie classical, minimalism, postrock and drone music.”
-New York Music Daily

—[the program] “Triangle” is simultaneously lighthearted and cerebral, casual and austere. It finds beauty in rhythm and repetition, and asks the listener to engage with sounds just at the edge of their comfort zone. That it can manage all that without taking itself too seriously is downright brilliant.”
-Will Shenton, Thrdcoast

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