Dance like you mean it: Salt Lake Electric Ensemble – The MIA #Experimental #Electronic #Ambient

My parents were both disabled. There wasn’t much culture in our house of any flavour. But I had an aunt who during childhood holidays would make it her mission to take me and my sister out for the day to do something ‘improving.’ Like use a variety of cutlery in a restaurant (she looked shocked when the ‘poor children’ knew how to use a knife and fork). And she’d take us to modern classical concerts. And the ballet. But worst of all she once took us to a contemporary dance performance. People looking agonised stretching and contorting themselves to properly non-musical music. Put me off ever since.

I have therefore been allergic to anything I receive that includes the words “commissioned by a local contemporary dance company” or “a prior album of ours was published on Philip Glass’s record label.” My eyes therefore rolled back into my head when I got something from the Salt Lake Electric Ensemble which contained both of these dreaded phrases. But I had to swallow my prejudices when I heard The MIA. This is an ambient classical sound with an inventive, experimental but playful edge. The Salt Lake folk explain that, “This music was created in response to a commission from The Ririe-Woodbury Dance Company, a professional dance organization based in Salt Lake City, UT, USA. This was an experiment in collaborative composition.”

The track is nimble on its toes mixing classical instrumentation with. It doesn’t settle anywhere too long and runs the gamut from bells and all things tinkling to distorted bass and bass piano. It’s a lovely piece of music that works as a prelude to Spring. It’s light and dark. Expectations properly confounded.

~ by acidted on March 6, 2020.

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