Third Coast Festival

by Eszter Hargittai on October 22, 2005

I saw a great concert last night as part of the Third Coast International Audio Festival’s events. The special guest for the evening was One Ring Zero playing music different from most of what’s usually on my playlist. As one of the members described it at some point: weird circus klezmer music. As silly or weird as that may sound, I think it was a reasonable description of at least some of their music. (If you don’t know what klezmer music is, you can check out the bit of discussion we had about the topic here on CT a while back or see what Wikipedia has to say about it.)

The group was performing pieces from their most recent album As Smart As We Are that has songs with lyrics from an impressive set of writers. See the Web site for some sample mp3s and the list of contributors to this album.

The concert also came with the special treat of watching Bob Ewards play the theremin. I had never seen a theremin played so this was interesting in general. In case you don’t know what a theremin looks like (or what someone looks like playing it), Theremin.info has a helpful animated image on its front page to give you an idea. (Needless to say blogs exist on the topic of theremins if you want a daily dose.:)

Thanks to my friend Ben – the trumpet player in last night’s performance – for alerting me to this event, it was definitely a treat. I’ve posted a couple of images on Flickr.

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abb1 10.22.05 at 6:53 pm

Should be called ‘termenvox’. The guy’s name was Lev Termen. Good night.

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agm 10.22.05 at 9:35 pm

Third Coast? I was under the impression that, what with then severe weather and all, the Gulf Coast had already claimed that title.

Though, having crossed Texas, it was also amusing that some people on this side of the state are silly enough to use the geographical descriptor “Southwest” in a totally unfactual manner (i.e., applying to anything outside of Mountain Standard Time).

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bad Jim 10.24.05 at 3:10 am

The combination of klezmer and theremin sounds almost as nightmarish as the clarinet and fiddle combination of klezmer itself. I’ll keep an eye or ear out for the appearance of these or some such offerings in my neighborhood.

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Eszter 10.24.05 at 8:26 am

BJ – it’s definitely quite distinct, although I wouldn’t call it nightmarish. I bought their album mentioned in the post and have enjoyed listening to it all weekend.

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