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Monday, November 11, 1985

The Michigan Daily

Page 5

Windham Hill


Ann Arbor

By Craig Varterian
WINDHAM HILL brought Ann
Arbor home Saturday night at
the Power Center, with their warmth,
humor, and tremendous musical
talent. The concert, featuring a triple
bill of the Windham labels finest, was
sure to please from the opening note.
Liz Story started the evenings
celebration, with her soft, subtle form
of contemporary piano. Reminiscent
of another now famous Windham ar-
tist, George Winston, Story brought
the audience out of the rain, sat them
down and warmed them up with her
emotionally charged music.
Unknown until William Ackerman,
the Windham labels founding father,
discovered Story in 1982. She typifies
the label's emphasis in front of an
audience or recorded any material
until the debut of her first album Solid
Michael Hedges, the second per-
former of the evening, provided a
sharp contrast to Liz Story's flowing,
lyrical piano style. Hedges, a
guitarist, set out to get the audience
pumped up with his technical wizar-
dry. The more physical style of
Hedges is characterized by guitar
slams,ithat often madethe guitar
sound like a set of bongos, hammer-'
ons and hammer-offs.
Hedges lit up the stage and had the
audience on their feet at one point

with the song "Sudden Anticipation."
The guitar he was playing seemed to
be five instruments in one as he tap-
ped, touched and twanged his way
through the song. This number, which
Hedges said originated at Interlochen
for a modern dance piece, brought to
mind images of a free form dance
troop, at once gliding along the floor,
but with sudden bursts into a frenzied
Hedges, like Story, had been a
virtual unknown until he came to
Windham Hill. He was discovered
while playing at a local bar around
Stanford in 1981. He never really in-
tended to become a professional
musician, and was studying computer
science at the time. On his current
album, Hedges debuts his vocal talen-
ts, which under the direction of vocal
coach Bob McFerrin, has added yet
another dimension to his percussive
style of music.
Darol Anger and Mike Marshall,
with their group, were the last act up
for the evening. Unlike Story and
Hedges, Anger and Marshall were
already established musicians before
they came to Windham Hill. Their
eclectic style of music is best charac-
terized by what Marshall terms as
"getting music from old weird in-
struments." Anger played a variety of
violins, while Marshall, as Anger told
the audience, "is a virtuoso of fretted
instruments." During the performan-
ce Marshall played the mandolin, 3/4
guitar, a dobro, and others.

The sound of the band, like the Win-
dham label itself, refuses to be
classified. They start off with a
bluegrass like number and by the
close of their set, have progressed to
sounds of synthesized guitar and the
more modern feel brought about with

this type of instrument.
The highlight of the show came with
the last encore, as all the musicians
from the evening combined their
talent into a remake of the Beatles'
"Come Together," with Hedges
slamming and strumming his guitar,

Story gracefully playing, Anger and
Marshall experimenting with their in-
struments, all trying to see what they
could come up with next. The song
symbolized the unity of the Windham
label and yet showed the freedom in
which the record company allowed

the individual musicians to exercise.
Windham Hill clearly showed Satur-
day night's Power Center audience
that musicians don't have to sub-
scribe to mainstream top 40 to win a
dedicated pop audience for them-

Williamson soothes Ark crowd

By Peter Ephross
A N ANXIOUS anticipation con-
trolled the audience during Tret
Fure's opening set at the Ark Wed-
nesday night. Cris Williamson ac-
companied Fure during her set, but
was content to remain subdued and
speechless. Williamson's silent
presence allowed Fure to demon-
strate her mediocre electric talents.
In the second set, Williamson came
out of hibernation and satisfied the
crowd's earlier expectations. She
gradually took control of the stage
with competent, if not stunning, ren-
ditions of "Burn Baby Fire" and
"Whatever Happened to the Heart to
Heart." Exhuding professionalism,
Williamson brought the excitement at
the Ark to an increasingly higher
Williamson had an already
established rapport with the
audience. When she told the audience
that most of her songs "come from
dreams...daydreams, the kind that
are more clear than dreams at night,"
the audience responded well, its
laughter underscoring the escapism
that Williamson was describing.

Williamson also impressed her
audience with her versatility. She
exhibited her skill at piano: "A Little
Passage of Time," keyboards:
"Colorado Dustbowl Day," and
guitar: "Hurts Like the Devil."
"Waterfall" was definitely the
highlight of the evening. On this song,
Williamson was able to escape Fure's
rock influence and delivered an
emotional rendition of this classic that
made much of the audience shiver.
Too often, however, the music suc-
cumbed to Fure's annoying metallic
influence, and obscured the natural
beauty of Williamson's voice.
The show Wednesday night was a
celebration of women's achievement.
Williamson and Fure were even in-
troduced by a woman, meaning that
Dave Siglin didn't make his
customary introduction. The
achievement did seem to lack a little
pep at times; perhaps two shows a
night are beginning to take their toll
on Williamson.
But, as Williamson stated before
"Ship of Fools," "If we have to row in
a ship of fools, it helps to have a cheer-
ful rower."


Greeks sport trendy clothes

at their annual
By JILL RINGEL black stirrup pa
*About 300 people gathered in the shirts, sweaters, a
Union yesterday for the Panhellenic ding to Koester.
Association's annual fashion show. For men, wide
The show featured clothing for the oversized sweater
classroom, job interviews, and for- trend.
mals. The word for s
"The purpose of the fashion show traditional with ne
was to promote interraction between lace ties for worm
the sororities and fraternities," said for the men, Koest
Carolyn Koester, a senior in com- The 35 models in
munications and the coordinator of ted 19 sororities an
the fashion show. Amanda Appleg
Trends in women's wear include
Kasparov wins world RABB
class chess title
MOSCOW (AP) - Garri Kasparov,
at 22 the new king of the chess world, Rabbi Law
praised dethroned champion Anatoly creative thin
Karpol yesterday as an "outstan- much sough
ding" opponent who often talks combi
0, demoralized him during Karpov'ssicRab
grueling bid to retain his crown. sidic Rabbi
Kasparov swept fellow Soviet Kar- "masters"
pov off the board Saturday night with author of H
a disply of attacking chess that made Renewal, T1
him the youngest World Chess Cham-
pion ever.
Pulling off a stunning victory with
the black pieces to take the chess title 7:3
13 points to 11, Kasparov captured the
title he said he was cheated out of in
51/2 months of marathon play halted in
On Saturday, the 24th and final
game of the match, the 34-year-old
Karpov resigned after Kasparov's 42nd

ants and oversized and a m4
and jackets, accor- said mo
-legged pants and The sf
s will become the ticipatinj
uits this season is Works, L
ew touches such as Fashion
en and suspenders Steeplec
er said. Makeu
the show represen- Natural
d 16 fraternities. Salon.
ate, an LSA junior

ember of Alpha Phi sorority,
deling in the show was a fun
even Ann Arbor stores par-
g in the show included The
r, The Bivouac, Collected
Lord & Taylor, Marty's Men's
Clothing, NuSport, and The
ap was done by Rainbow
and hair was done by Laky's

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