Eclectic Quartet Puts New Spin on Chamber Music
Cordis, an ensemble built upon a mix of cello, piano, cimbalom and percussion, kick off their 2013 fall tour, 8 p.m., Thursday, September 26, in Bennington. Before heading to venues in Chicago, Ohio, West Virginia, Pennsylvania and New York City, the group will share their unique sound with the southern Vermont audience. They redefine contemporary chamber music by fusing traditional sounds with custom-made instruments. One-of-a-kind creations such as the electric mbira, melodica and the world’s longest playing cylinder driven music box weave their way into every performance.
The group is made up of four members. Founder Richard Grimes, a native of West Virginia with a Ph.D in composition, plays a hammered-dulcimer-like instrument called the cimbalom. Jeremy Harman plays the electric/acoustic cello, Brian O’Neill performs on the piano and Andrew Beall provides the percussion. All currently live in the Boston area when they are not touring.
The program will include many of their own compositions and pieces by well-known composers such as Phillip Glass and Igor Stravinsky. Tickets are $30 in advance and $35 at the door.
This concert will be one of the last of the art center’s summer concert series. Other groups brought to The Bennington include Connecticut based Caravan of Thieves, a gypsy-swing band, singer-songwriter-storyteller Vance Gilbert out of Massachusetts, Pearl and the Beard from New York City, known for their harmonies and upbeat rhythms and the Ugandan musician Samite shared the sounds of his homeland. The final group to perform this season will be the Russian Duo on November 30.
For more information go to TheBennington.org or call 802-442-7158. The Bennington Center for the Arts is a non-profit art facility located on Vermont Route 9, just west of downtown Bennington.