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Mr. Chair: Pulcinella Reimagined

  • North Street Cabaret 610 North Street Madison, WI, 53704 United States (map)
  Photo by M.O.D. Media.

Photo by M.O.D. Media.

To make sense of Mr. Chair's adventurous, genre-bending repertoire, it helps to understand the musical bridge-building of the four Madison-based performers involved. Percussionist Mike Koszewski (Lovely Socialite) contributes rock and jazz drumming styles as well as modern and contemporary sensibilities from performing in chamber and orchestral settings. His history playing with bassist Ben Ferris, who's involved in a number of projects both as leader and player, is ever more connected through their time at UW-Madison's School of Music, where trombonist Mark Hetzler performs and educates. Hetzler's exploratory trombone-and-electronic antics can be heard in his project Sinister Resonance, as well as in his solo faculty performances, the programs of which span Baroque standards and contemporary works. Jason Kutz, one of the most playful yet intense pianists in town, plays in solo settings and in collaboration with several performers and ensembles including the Willy Street Chamber Players. For this performance, Mr. Chair will be performing originals, as well as a reimagination of Igor Stravinsky's orchestral work, Pulcinella, which is in itself a reworking of various 18th-century Italian pieces. We dig into this lofty project more in our recent conversation with all four members of Mr. Chair. —Emili Earhart

Earlier Event: November 11
The Low Czars, The Congregation
Later Event: November 12
Bad Education (free)