On the evening of Wednesday, July 11th we are proud to present Jeff Young and Paul Pinto, Patriots, Run for Public Office on a Platform of Swift and Righteous Immigration Reform, Lots of Jobs, and a Healthy Environment: an Opera. Opening for Young and Pinto are Gnothi Seauton (CMH) and VERSIONING (CMH). Doors 7:30pm, all ages, BYOB. $5-$10.
About the pieces and performers:
Jeffrey Young and Paul Pinto will release a digital album on Gold Bolus Recordings of their piece Jeff Young and Paul Pinto, Patriots, Run for Public Office on a Platform of Swift and Righteous Immigration Reform, Lots of Jobs, and a Healthy Environment: an Opera by Paul Pinto and Jeffrey Young. Then they’ll pack their boxes with campaign buttons, shine their shoes, and head to the heartland! Their nearly monthlong tour includes stops at two festivals devoted to new and experimental music, Under The Radar Omaha in Omaha, Nebraska, and NMASS (New Media Art and Sound Summit) in Austin, Texas.
Created in 2011 as a parody of contemporary politics and politicians, this half-hour piece of music-theatre has become an all-too-real reflection of today’s bad behavior surrounding issues of immigration and national identity. Young and Pinto collaboratively created the text, music, and staging, scoring the piece for their own voices, violin, percussion, a turntable, samples, and lots of cardboard boxes. In …Patriots…, instrumental music alternates with sung and spoken words, zany and humorous topical quips alternate with personal, pointed critiques of the political zeitgeist, fully notated sections merge into structured musical and textual improvisations, and tonal harmonies mix with startling, untraditional musical effects.
Ephemeral performance art ensemble Gnôthi Seauton makes live interventions as a catharsis through collision and conflict, with a deep desire for conspiracy, soul-exchange, and transformation.
VERSIONING (formerly Sea Tone) is Danielle Milam playing different PC software and synth hardware. This music can be described as experimental electronic for fans of early 2000s laptop glitch sampling and synth noodling.