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16 - The Michigan Daily - Tuesday, April 20, 1999

Second City to perform for Make-a-Wish
Detroit's Second City comedy troupe plans to donate
a portion of the proceeds from one performance of its
15th show, "Impeachment and Cream," to the Make-
a-Wish Foundation.
The Second City's benefit show will be April 28 at 8
p.m. The Make-a-Wish Foundation of Michigan will
receive $15 of every $20 cover charge from that per-
formance for the benefit of the charity. The cover
charge includes the show and two drinks.
The Make-a-Wish Foundation is a non-profit organiza-
tion that grants wishes to children with life-threaten-
ing or terminal illnesses. The event is especially
meaningful to the group of comedians because one
member of the mainstage cast, Marc Warzecha, has
a younger sister who was granted a wish by the
Make-a-Wish Foundation in 1996. She has since fully
recovered from bone cancer.
Come to the benefit show and enjoy both the Second
City's hilarious comedy routine an cthe satisfaction
you will et by knowing you are making a difference
in the life of a child.
The Second City is located at 2301 Woodward Ave. in
Detroit. For more information about the comedy
troupe, or to order tickets for the benefit per for-
mance, call (313) 965-2222.

Electronic music finds fans at Pig

By Jason Birchmeier
Daily Arts Writer

Despite the mass exodus of University students,
production company Intuit-Solar plans to continue
showcasing innovative electronic dance music on a
weekly basis. In addition to its Wednesday night par-
ties at the Blind Pig featuring the Midwest's best DJs,
Intuit-Solar is also expanding its reach by nationally
releasing a series of techno records along with anoth-
er special event in Detroit.
The increasing success of Solar with University
students has exceeded all expectations, allowing
Intuit-Solar to continually re-invest its revenues. The
results of Intuit-Solar's re-investment include an
effort to bring some of the most exciting artists in the
Midwest to the intimate context of the Blind Pig
every week.
Tomorrow night, Solar will feature an electro tag-
team performed by DJ Watts and DJ Seoul. Then on
April 28, Detroit techno recording artist Rob Hood
will bring his style of hard minimal techno to Ann
Arbor for a two-hour set while University graduate
Tom Linder (T-Linder) gets the party started.
In May, Solar continues to host an impressive array
of electronic music artists. Detroit artists, Kenny
Dixon Jr. (best known as Moodyman) and Alton Miller
will team up to bring their soulful mix of deep techno-
influenced house music to Ann Arbor.
Intuit-Solar will also feature Kalamazoo techno
artist Jay Denham along with the booty and hip-hop
mix of popular 97.9 FM DJ Gary Chandler in the
month of May.
On June 9, Astralwerks recording artist Stacey
Pullen will begin his monthly residency at Solar.
Joining Pullen for the special evening will be yet
another acclaimed Detroit recording artist, Kenny

These subterranean rhythms create powerful
waves of sound able to vibrate through the mind,
body and soul of the listener. Overtop of the bass,
Pole dubs strange sounds such as the crackling
sounds of a phonograph needle on vinyl in a melod-
ic manner. These high-frequency melodies of dub
sound at times correlate and at other times juxtap
with the low-frequency rhythm invoking both feel-
ings of serenity as well as chaos.
Other artists performing at "Static" include LS&A
senior and WCBN (88.3) DJ Carlos Souffront and a live
performance by Ninja Tune recording artist Neotropic
(Riz Malsen), featuring her eclectic exploitation .of
breakbeats. The tranquil techno of Minus artist Clark
Warner will also be featuring at "Static."
Further results of the Intuit-Solar's re-investment
include their role as a burgeoning record label.
Intuit-Solar has followed up the success of L
freshman Disco D's record, "The D-Down EP,"
a series of compilations titled "Comin' From Tha D."
Each of these releases focus on a style of electronic
music called "ghetto tech."
The first two installments of the series will be fol-
lowed by remixes. In addition to the "Comin' From
Tha D" releases, Intuit-Solar will be releasing Detroit
artist Sean Deason's long-awaited full-length album of
sedated techno bliss, "Allegory and Metaphor."
Electronic music has found a home in Ann Arbor
thanks to Solar. Two years ago, there was little if
interest for this evolving form of creative music h.
at the University. Now as a new generation of young
incoming students brings their interest in electronic
music to campus, a scene is beginning to evolve.The
fact that Solar consistently draws the largest crowds
at Ann Arbor's top venue, the Blind Pig, only prves
that the musical landscape of Ann Arbor is changing
whether traditionalists like it or not.

Courtesy of Doug Coombe
First-year student DJ Disco D studies the mixing
styles of 97.9 FM's Gary Chandler.
Intuit-Solar will also be hosting an exciting event
at The Shelter in downtown Detroit on May 27 titled
"Static." This event will provide connoisseurs of
electronic music with an extremely rare opportunity
to witness German artist Pole (Stefan Betke) per-
form live. The music of Pole has gotten mass global
acclaim for his innovative approach to music pro-
duction. Instead of using drumbeats to create
rhythm, Pole exploits extremely deep modulating
bass frequencies.

Charlie Hunter brings 'Duo,' jazz to Bird

By John Uhl
Daily Arts Writer
Charlie Hunter's guitar can shift
from a Wes Montgomery smoothness
to a distortion
/'organ-like tone.
Yet the jazz
Charlie musician's most
Hunter distinctive

Bird of Paradise
May 5 and 6,
at 8 and 10:30 p.m.

attribute is real-
ized when one
notes that he
plays his eight-
string guitar
with finger gym-
nastics that
allow him to
contribute lead
phrases and bass

The concept of the recording appar-
ently was to assemble a well-rounded
collection of tightly focused compo-
sitions that keep improvisation to a
concentrated minimum.
Although Hunter's ability to play
solos and harmonic accompaniments
at the -same time is impressive, it
occasionally tends to over simplify
the bass lines and prevent his solos
from becoming more technical.
Of course, since this recording
was designed to emphasize the abil-
ity of Hunter and Parker to efficient-
ly navigate through their own com-
positions (mostly Hunter's), the
solos needed to be appropriate, not
Unfortunately, the compositional
material on which the duo was to
fall back is not, for the most part,
This is not to say that the recording
does not have bright spots. The album

tion. The song "Recess" is a standard
AABA arrangement that swings
through its groovy 6/8 melody con-
vincingly. An ingenious gospel
cadence flares from Hunter's organ-
tuned guitar, announcing the solo sec-
tion, and Parker's drums join in with a
celebratory clap. The piece picks u
tempo, conforms to common 6i19
signature and Hunter rocks it along
with tasteful interjections. The song
soon closes with the melody, an ideal
example of the album's intended con-
cise organization.
Hunter's double duty role may
have pitfalls, but will certainly b,
exciting to watch unfold onstage
Most likely in concert, with more
time and limited song material with
which to work, Hunter, with
drummer Adam Cruz filling Parkec
role, will focus more on virtuosity.
Perhaps it will be even better suited
to him.

Courtesy of Blue Note
Charlie Hunter will perform at the Bird
of Paradise on May 5 and 6.

lines simultaneously.
On his latest cleverly titled album
"Duo," Hunter teamed up with per-
cussionist Leon Parker for ... a duo.

ranges authentically from
phrases to funk, and a
Gershwin lick always betrays




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