Address:1325 N Randolph St, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19122, USA
Bowerbird is pleased to present an evening featuring a new collaborative work by between vocal group Variant 6 and instrumental / percussion trio Square Peg Round Hole.
Philadelphia vocal sextet Variant 6 are staunchly devoted to performing new music, commissioning and collaborating with a wide variety of forward-looking composers and ensembles, yet they achieve such feats using peerless techniques and approached dating back to Renaissance and Baroque eras. Its peerless choristers and soloists—all of whom also belong to the acclaimed choir the Crossing—eschew historical divides, finding dazzling ways to unite the past and future, complementing a mastery of medieval music with fluency in global traditions, whether traditional Georgian choral sounds or Tuvan overtone singing, and contemporary pieces that deploy fascinating extended techniques and idiomatic sprawl.
Recently Variant 6 contributed to Branches, the stunning new album by the Philadelphia percussion trio Square Peg Round Hole, which shares a commitment to creating music outside tidy categories. The group’s voices both go through electronic processing and unfold with crystalline purity in richly atmospheric post-rock settings, providing texture and melodic splendor. Trio members Evan Chapman, Sean M. Gill, and Carlos Pacheco-Perez utilize a standard drum kit, vibraphones, electronics, analog synthesizer, and found sounds to forge a shimmering sound that toggles between serene ambience and driving rhythms, splitting the difference between the music of Steve Reich and Tortoise while inventing a compact sound world all its own. Each ensemble will perform its own set and then join forces, performing the music they made together for Branches and sharing new collaborations.