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Solo Acts Take Over Ely Center

by Brian Slattery | May 8, 2017 12:19 pm | Comments (1)

Brian Slattery Photo Nick Grunerud, a.k.a. Underwear, lunged toward the electronic music gear he had wired up on a table in front of him Sunday evening. He’d already set up the gear to lay down a sparse, somewhat moody groove. His hands worked fast over the equipment, sending out glitchy spasms of percussion. He brought the microphone he was holding to his mouth.

“You see me in the forest, baby,” he crooned, “looking for trees.” The audience of about 25 at the Ely Center of Contemporary Art on Trumbull Street laughed, and laughed more as Grunerud unleashed a barrage of noise that was both jarring and yet somehow also sounded like cartoons. The humor and surprise that Grunerud always injects into his music were in full effect. And it was only 9 p.m.

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“Worm” Conquers At Institute Library

by Adam Matlock | May 8, 2017 7:25 am

“It can just do all these things,” said accordionist Patrick Farrell after a performance he gave with trumpet and flugelhorn player Ben Holmes.

Farrell was talking enthusiastically about the accordion and the many sonic possibilities of the instrument, but he might as well have been talking about the duo, which harnessed a dazzling array of colors, moods, and stylistic references across two wide-ranging sets at the Institute Library.

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“Middletown” Comes To Our Town

by Allan Appel | Apr 27, 2017 7:20 am

Allan Appel Photo When Peter Chenot saw Chrissy Gardner perform her work, her utter naturalness — an ability to tell a joke mid-performance and then continue or move into the next number effortlessly — convinced him she had also to be on stage in a major part as his Mary Swenson.

Never mind that Gardner, a local singer, songwriter, pianist, and composer, had not been on the stage playing someone else in 20 years.

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