The Paul Dresher Ensemble Electro-Acoustic Band combines acoustic
and electronic instruments in an attempt to produce a modern sort of classical
music. If you want to know more about them, check out their site at www.dresherensemble.org.
During the first set, we sat next to Joan Jeanrenaud's mom. We were
very surprised when Joan came out at the intermission to visit with mom.
And we were even more surprised to find that mom had a very pronounced
Texas accent! I suppose that in America, a surname doesn't necessarily
reflect one's background!
The most exciting part of the show was Terry Riley's new concerto,
Banana Humberto 2000. Featuring Terry at the piano, and guest violinist
Tracy Silverman (from the Turtle Island String Quartet) replacing Karen
Bentley, this work featured lots of interesting interplay between the musicians,
especially during the driving third movement (subtitled Goodbye Goodtimes
Blues for Millenium's Child).
Randy and I were dying of hunger by the end of the show, so instead
of sticking around for the post-concert discussion, we headed into Palo
Alto for a languid, multi-course feast at Il Fornaio, starting with an
appetizer of Fried Calamari. After that, we were too absorbed in the food
to think about taking pictures of them!