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6B - The Michigan Daily - Thursday, April 7, 2005

A guide to who's where,
what's happening and why
you need to be there..

The Weekend List

The Michigar
Local rockers find solace wi4

Friday, April 8
through
Sunday, April 10

Friday
Mayna: A Living History of
Madame Curie: The Center for
the Education of Women will pres-
ent this one-woman play about the
life of Nobel Prize-winning scien-
tist Marie Curie. The performance
will take place at 7 p.m. at the Lydia
Mendelssohn Theater. Free.
Map Me No Maps: The Depart-

ment of Dance will perform both the
solo and individual works of four
different choreographers. The per-
formance will take place tomorrow
and Saturday at 8 p.m. at the Betty
Pease Studio Theatre. Tickets are $5
and can be purchased at the door at
7 p.m.
Dance Lessons: Instructors
will teach people how to dance the
Hustle, and a period of open danc-

ing will follow. The event will take
place in the basement of the Michi-
gan League at 8:30 p.m. Cost is $3
with a student ID.
RFD Boys: The veteran group
from southeast Michigan will per-
form their version of bluegrass
music. The performance will take
place at The Ark at 316 S. Main St.
at 8 p.m. Doors open at 7:30 p.m.
Tickets are $11.50 and can be pur-

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chased at the door.
Mustard Plug: The ska-influ-
enced band will perform with bands
Downtown Brown and King Mob.
The performance will take place at
the Blind Pig. Doors open at 9:30
p.m. 18 and over only. Tickets are $8
in advance or $10 at the door.
Saturday
Early Music Ensemble: Edward
Parmentier will direct the ensemble,
which will perform works by Prae-
torius and Lechner, among others.
The performance will take place at
4 p.m. at Blanche Anderson Moore
Hall at the School of Music. Free.
Brendan Benson: The pop quin-
tet will perform with The Stands and
Charlie Mars. The performance will
take place at the Blind Pig. Doors
open at 9:30 p.m. 18 and over only.
$15 cover.
Men's Glee Club Concert: The
group, who is the second-oldest all-
male college glee club in the country,
will perform selections by Rossini,
Schubert and others, along with tra-
ditional Michigan songs. The per-
formance will take place at 8 p.m.
at Hill Auditorium. Reserved tickets
are $13 to $15. General admission
tickets are $5 with a student ID.

Mr. B's Blues & Boogie Piano
Celebration: Blues musician Mr. B
will be joined by Detroit keyboardist
Johnny O'Neal, among other musi-
cians. The performances will take
place Saturday and Sunday at 7:30
p.m., with a family performance on
Saturday at 1 p.m. at The Ark. Tick-
ets for the night performances are
$27.50, and tickets for the Saturday
day performance are $11.50 and can
be purchased at The Ark.
Sopranos A Cappella Concert:
Women will perform songs in sopra-
no as part of their "Miss Personality
Pageant" spring concert. The per-
formance will take place at 8 p.m. in
the East Quad Auditorium. Free.
Sunday
Carillon Studio Recital: Students
of Joseph Daniel will play pieces on
the carillon and the tower will be
open following the recital. The per-
formance will take place at 3 p.m. at
the Lurie Ann & Robert H. Tower on
North Campus. Free.
Chamber Choir: Jerry Black-
stone will lead the ensemble along
with School of Music Prof. Theo-
dore Morrison, who will be conduct-
ing his last concert at the University.
The performance will take place at
8:15 p.m. at Hill Auditorium. Free.

By Lloyd Cargo
Daily Arts Writer

POSTGRADUATE AND UNDERGRADUATE PROGRAMMES
MA DEGREES AND POSTGRADUATE DIPLOMAS
SEMESTER OR YEAR ABROAD
SUMMER STUDY IN LONDON

To understand the greatness of the
band ARP of the Covenant, you have
to try and wrap your head around
what exactly the ARP itself is. The
problem with that is, the ARP is an
undefinable entity. Sure, it looks like
a keyboard, but it's so much more
than that.
The men controlled by this key-
board-like instrument christened the
ARP (after the company that manu-
factures them) are almost as mys-
terious as the instrument itself. All
that's really known about them are
their names and some vague back-
ground history. Nicolai Zielinski
(percussion), Brad Townsend (bass)
and Mark Siegenthaler (keyboards,
ARP), met as graduate students in
the University's Department of Jazz
and Contemporary Improvisation
Department.
Finding that they had a few friends
in common, they began playing as a
jazz piano trio in Brad's basement
in October of 2003. Humble begin-
nings for sure, but what happened
next would change their lives.
One fateful weekend, the group
decided to go camping in Wiscon-
sin. "We were hiking along an old
abandoned railroad and came upon
what looked like some sort of tomb.
Inside the tomb was a crude altar,
and atop the altar, a small keyboard
instrument. Since that day, our lives
have never been the same," explained
Zielinski.
So what exactly is the ARP? Well,
what isn't the ARP might be a better
question.
"The ARP is a spiritual guide. A
sensei. A master. A teacher. A pro-
vider. A mystic. The ARP is the lone
synthesizer of the apocalypse. Think
of it when you look to the night sky,"
Zielinski preached.
The thing about the ARP is that
you can't play it, it plays you. When
asked to describe the process of
making music with the ARP, the
band replied with the 5,000-yard
stare. First-hand accounts of ARP
of the Covenant's live shows con-
firm their servitude to this magi-
cal instrument. Only seconds after
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being flicked on by Siegenthaler, the
group's motor functions are seized,
putting them at the mercy of the all-
powerful instrument.
Siegenthaler, known among his
peers for his Mensa-worthy intelli-
gence as well as his ability to piss
off Mick Fleetwood (of Fleetwood
Mac fame), is the man who gets to
sit behind the ARP.
Well acquainted with technology,
Siegenthaler has been working with
a program called Milkdrop that uses
the sounds the band makes to manip-
ulate images on a screen behind
them. This cutting-edge technology
will be on display Sunday, April 24
at 2 p.m. in the video studio of the
Duderstadt Center. As well as a set
with Milkdrop, the band will play a
set as an acoustic piano trio, a for-
mat that'll give Siegenthaler's con-
siderable keyboard chops -a chance
*to shine.
Providing the low harmonies
for the group is Iowa's finest, Brad
Townsend. Townsend has many
skills, among them not caring about
his parents making him get a job at
McDonald's when his was 16, and
bass playing. Townsend also pur-
ports to have "toured with many,
many bands playing all styles of
music - styles you didn't even know
existed."
When not waiting for the drum-
mer in AC/DC to die so he can carry
out his seven-step plot to take over
the world, Zielinski mans the drum
kit in ARP of the Covenant. A Min-
nesota native, Zielinski is not only
jovial but boasts that his dad was
Prince's mom's boss. An experi-
enced drummer, Zielinski has been
in dozens of bands, most notably Gay
Cop Mustache, Mario Speedwagon,
The Number F, The I in Team, Hard
Core-tet and Skul Raydr.
Indeed, all of those influences are
fused with countless more to create
the ARP of the Covenant's high-
ly stylized brand of electro-funk.

Music graduate student Mark Siegenthaler and Music alums Brad Towns(
Zielinski make up the electro-funk band ARP of the Covenant.

WEEKEND ANGAZINE

Some of their professed musical
inspirations include Warp Records,
Cecil Taylor and the Depeche Mode.
Alongside rip-rocking and raving
originals such as personal favorites
"Turbo Christians" and "Mr Li Poses
With His American Birthday Cake"
the group has been known to bust
out covers as diverse as Kraftwerk,
The Eurythmics and Sigur Ros.
The ARP of the Covenant has
future plans to spread their unique
combination of space funk and
soul-jazz throughout the Midwest
in May after their aforementioned
Duderstadt Center gig. Recently
signed to independent label Rock is
Dead Records, the group has plans

to release a CD and DVD sometin
this summer.
For more information on the bar
as well as some mp3s, check out the

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