Jessica C Griggs

Producer - Audio Engineer - Music Writer - Manager


Up/Down's Orchestral Debut
Jan
20
7:00 PM19:00

Up/Down's Orchestral Debut

6:30 p.m. – Know the Score | 7:30 p.m. - Concert

Bill Heard Theatre, RiverCenter for the Performing Arts

Paul Vaillancourt & Up/Down Percussion

Garbage Concerto: A Concerto for Recycled Trash and Orchestra by Järvlepp
Symphony No. 2 in E Minor, Op. 27 by Rachmaninoff

Never have recycled cans, hubcaps, and bottles of all shapes and sizes sounded so amazing. Jarvlepp’s concerto is a masterpiece of whimsical repurposing and ingenuity. Pair it with Rachmaninoff’s lush, lyrical, post-Romantic symphony and you have a concert experience you will never forget.

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Up/Down Video Release
Jan
1
6:00 PM18:00

Up/Down Video Release

"An Absolute Insufficiency of Electricity" takes its name from a particularly evocative chapter title in Haruki Murakami’s novel “The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle.” In this chapter (no spoilers, I promise), the reader observes a married man an engaged woman share a single night together in a hotel room, never more than embracing, but forced in their embrace to confront the “absolute insufficiency of electricity” they both so distinctly feel in their lives. The material for the piece came from a series of improvisations performed this past February. While it doesn’t respond to the chapter’s events with any specificity, I feel their roots lay in the same ideas: how personal needs can sometimes be best understood through others, and how the spiritual cohesion of humanity can somehow only be expressed in our struggle to grasp such a cohesion.

-Jacob Rogers

For more music, please visit: http://updownpercussion.org

Up/Down is:
Joel Castro
James Klausmeyer
Jonathan Mashburn
Jordan Walsh

Video by Joel Castro (http://joelcastropercussion.com/audiovideo/)
Audio by Jordan Walsh (http://jordanwalshmusic.com/services)

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Rest/Noise
Dec
1
8:00 PM20:00

Rest/Noise

TIMBER is an exploration of the beautiful, mesmerizing blend of hidden sound in simple wooden planks, uncovered through 21st-century amplificaiton. An ambient meditation on polyrhythms... trance-like...harmonically ambiguous... sublty virtuosic.

Timber has been hailed as "its own religious experience" (Sarah Garvey, Brooklyn Academy of Music), "bewildering yet comforting" (The Guardian), and possessing "vigor and hypnotic intensity" (New York Times).


The sixth stop on our fall Timber tour is The Music Mansion in Providence, RI.

Thanks go to the Cambridge Arts Council, the Massachusetts Cultural Council, and MASS MoCA's Assets for Artists for their generous support of Rest/Noise and this project

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