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Fri, Nov 8 2019 8:00 PM

Big Drama, No Drama, DunkelpeK & Never Weather

Footloose presents a night of experimental music and performance. Daniel Larlham of Big Drama No Drama brings original monologues and songs from his latest avant-rock opera. DunkelpeK is percussionist Nava Dunkelman and guitarist Jakob Pek. This iconoclastic duo creates progressive world music. Never Weather is a quintet led by percussionist and composer, Dillon Vado, whose original pieces borrow from free jazz, rock and chamber music. The five distinct voices within the band strive to make music that showcases each, while simultaneously lifting the ensemble's unique approach to improvisation and development. Each set of performers opens up the interplay between chaos and order, technique and impulse, simplicity and sophistication.

Big Drama No Drama is a multi-disciplinary music-theatre collaboration between Daniel Larlham and Liz DeRoche. For this evening’s performance, Daniel will be performing in collaboration with Jakob Pek of DunkelpeK, while Liz is away on a national tour. The project supplies a screwball diagnosis of our culture, with its overdriven materialism, egoic grandiosity, and radical confusion about the basic stakes of a human life. Their debut production, "Shock Shock Shakeup," premiered to positive acclaim at the Above Ground festival presented by Footloose in June 2019.

DunkelpeK's sound transfigures and hybridizes many musics. Nava Dunkelman and Jakob Pek met in the improvisation ensemble at Mills College, and together they have shared the stage with Fred Frith, Theresa Wong, Arrington De Dionyso, among others. They currently reside in Oakland, California, where they perform and teach regularly.

Never Weather is Dillon Vado (drums); Tyler Harlow (upright bass); Justin Rock (guitar); Aaron Wolf (sax); and guest trumpeter TBA. Their debut album, "Blissonance," offers an introspective dive into the beautiful but often turbulent landscapes of the human mind.
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Fred Frith and Nava Dunkelman