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Preview Fri Nov 15 2013

Through The Wire: The music of Eli Keszler, the art and design of Lampo

Eli Keszler

For this Saturday's performance of Lampo's Fall 2013 season, guests will taken several steps off the standard path. For starters, the event is at the Post Family Gallery (1821 W. Hubbard, #202), a new collaborator for this venerable experimental music organization. The gallery, which emphasizes photographic and design art, will also be hosting Reading Lampo, a month-long exhibit of printed material from the Lampo archives. Anyone who has ever received one of Lampo's elegantly designed postcards in the mail or purchased a gig poster knows the consistently top-quality design sense of every piece of printed collateral, and many of your favorites will be on display. The exhibit is mainly open by appointment, but on the night of the show, the exhibit will be open to the public for free.

In addition to the exhibit, Lampo will host percussionist and composer Eli Keszler, who has turned the performance hall into both a musical instrument and an art installation in its own right. Using long lengths of piano wires strung around the room, Keszler turns the space into a resonating string instrument, triggering each one with a microprocessor-controlled mechanical hammer and filling the area with a cloud of struck, bowed, and plucked string sounds, which Keszler will accompany with live drums and percussion.

The performance starts at 8, while the Reading Lampo exhibit can be viewed from 7pm until 11pm.

The clip below features Keszler performing with a full band, but it will also give you an idea of the piano wire installation which is part of the performance.

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