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Page 8 --The Michigan Daily-- Friday, February-15, 1991

See this one for "the Brecker"

by Andrew J. Cahn
O n his last few tours, Paul Si-
mon has taken unique approaches
towards the structure of his shows.
Instead of fronting a band whose
jobs are to take a back seat to the
name on the marquee, Simon re-
serves points of his shows to allow
his hand-picked sidemen to do-
their own thing on stage. During
his Graceland performances, South
African artists Hugh Masekela,
Miriam Makeba, and Ladysmith
Black Mambazo all had time in
the spotlight. During certain num-
bers, Simon was not even present
on stage. For his current Born at.
the Right Time tour, included in
his 18-piece ensemble of
musicians from all over the world
is saxophone virtuoso Michael
Brecker, who is given the title of
"featured soloist."
For almost 20 years, Brecker
has been one of the most ac-
claimed jazz saxophonists, not.
only in reference to his own pro-.
jects, but also for his session work.
He has appeared on record as a
sideman so frequently that a hornI
part on a rare Jimi Hendrix record-l
ing has been falsely attributed to
him and his trumpet playing
brother, Randy.
Brecker considers the music he

performs, which also includes the
seminal funk-fusion outfits the
Brecker Brothers and Steps Ahead,
to be "timeless," for he does not
like to give labels to his own work.
"That's for the journalists to do,"
he jokes, Instead, Brecker said that
he likes to "create music that is
challenging."

wind instrument) synthesizer. He
uses the synthesizer because he
has always been interested in
electric sounds, but he is not very,
skilled on the keyboards. "When I
heard about it about six years
ago," Brecker says,. "I realized
that it would give me the op-
portunity to. take things I've pro-
grammed and play them -on the
sax."
Brecker has always been a fan:
of Paul Simon, so he says he finds
working with him "special." Al-
though he is playing in an organi-
zation larger than what he is ac-
customed to, Brecker does not find
it difficult, for he says he considers
all of the members of the group to,
be fine musicians. In addition to
the what he will be doing on Si-
mon's material, Brecker will also
be performing one of, his own,
songs, "Dogs in the Winetrap,"
which appears on his new album,
Now You See it (Now YouDon't).
Because of the integration of:
Brecker and other well-known
Americans Steve Gadd and Don
Grolnick with the African and
South American members of the
Born at the Right. Time band, the
arrangements for both the Rhythm
of the Saints material and the clas-
sics should prove that Simon is
still with it after all these years.
MICHAEL BRECKER will be
performing along with PAUL SI-
MON at the Palace Saturday night.
Tickets are $25 with a $3.25 service
charge available from TicketMas-:
ter.

Bobs shal
by Beth Wiener
O nce upon a time, dance was
for- prince charmings and bal-
lerinas. A bare-footed woman
in black named Martha Graham
brought things down to earth
and everything in the dance
scene was really heavy ever af-
ter. When even watching per-
formances became exhausting,
the funkiest dance group around
joined forces with some doo-
wop daredevilers to battle out
the bizarre.
Iso and the Bobs are coming
to the Michigan Theater to do
everything from the acrobatic to
the zany for an audience of
happy-go-lucky enthusiasts who'.
really appreciate "Serious Fun."
It's avant-garde, but not in
the uppity French sense.
It's weird, but you won't
have to pretend to get it.
It's so openly oddball that it-

In the mid-'80s, when he began
to record his own- solo records,
-Brecker's ideas of timelessness
were quite -apparent, for although
the music was in a traditional
acoustic style, much of his playing
was on the Akai- EWI (electric

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Life in the arts, especially the-
ater, is cut-throat. But what happens
when a struggling artist gets the
urge to cut the throats of the
pompous individuals who make the
field cut-throat? This is the subject
of Kitchen. Help, a new play by
LSA student Andrew Newberg.
The xtion centers around Chuck,
a struggling actor earning a living as.
Continued from page 5
questo amplesso," where a twist in
the plot brings an unexpected
family reunion. The most humorous
character comes from the
innocently lovesick Cherubino,
whose. love letter, "Voi che
sapete," and comical disguises
further enhances the humor.
The sweetly melodious orches-

tter the glass slipper
breaks the rules of even jazz, and the kinetic pulse of
.anything goes" modern dance. all 'rock' music, you have the.,
It's Iso, which stands for - Bobs."}
"I'm so optimistic." Even Pi- Finally, Iso is good danc
lobulus, the gymnastic/dance without a conscience! The PCi;
troupe whose style Iso emu- godmother is not always hoverd
lates, never thought to be ac- ing over their shoulders. The
companied by an a capella vo- most the audience may have t&a
cal group who conveys humor bear is an onus of the obscure "
just as well as tones and Sunday's performance is high0
rhythm. entertainment, if not high artN
That's the Bobs, "The Best Iso and the Bobs will make yoil'
of Breeds,"'which -breathe life sporadically erect, pointedly in- $
into old Beatles' rsongs, the ept and also, with a $12.5 F
Talking Heads'- "Psycho ticket price, potentially in debt
Killer," and other tunes. Like That's more than a night out at-y
the Iso dancers, they use their the ballroom across the street,
-bodies for instruments;"if they but Iso and the Bobs provide ai
need a set of drums;, a larynx .authentic urban experience that
nee a et f rum, alarnx should not be passed byw
will do just fine. An article inl-
the Boston Sunday Globe __
claims, "If- you take the ISO AND THE BOBS will per-
precision of classical choral form at the Michigan Theater,
music, the complexity of Frank -Sunday- at 7:00 p.m. Tickets are
Zappa, the expressiveness- of " $18.50, $12.50 for students.
" a
w
- a waiter who has the opportunity to who go to extremes," says direct }r
get back at a pretentious director Matthew Rego. "We find them i
who snubs him. "Chuck tries to bizarre, even surreal situation$,
prove something to his fellow work- which ultimately lead to a blac*
ers," says Newberg. "The common comedy ending."
unity (of the work place) is chal-
lenged and they have to deal with the Kitchen Help is being performed
crisis, Chuck's desire for revenge, as at the Arena Theater in the Frieze
individuals." Building today at 5 p.m. and 8 n.
- "It's a play about--quirky people There is no admission charge. r
tra, 'conducted by William Robert -C
son, along with the ornate and ILENCE
richly-colored sets completes .this Continued from page 5
delicious piece of entertainment. man extremes - cerebral brillianc
-Supertitles, the simultaneous and animalism. He literally encomn-
English translations projected on .a passes the screen, and Demme's i-
screen above the stage, clarify the tense close-ups reveal an image ft
action, while preserving the once voracious and soothing. Itris
original language of libretto, one. of the most compelling perr
-Italian. The'" use of supertitles mances and one of the most sqs-
makes. this outstanding per- penseful films in recent memory...
formance of Figaro, as well as THE SILENCE OF THE LAMB js
other operas, accessible to even playing at Briarwood and Show-
the most novice opera-goers.- case.-
THE MARRIAGE OF FIGARO will
be performed tonight and Saturday Daily Classif-ied-
at 8 p.m at The" Power Center. they
Ticket prices range from $20-$40. te work! ;A
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presents ~ --
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"Rose's terrific sense of humor and genius at times make him
a cross between an intellectual Eddie Murphy and an old-time,
vaudeville comedian with a Ph.D."
Ann-Sargent Wooster Afterimage

Friday, February 15
7:00p.m.
AngelHaIlsAuditorium A
Admission-is, Free. e .

The University of Michigan.
SCHOOL OF MUSIC

Sun.

Feb. 17

Mon. Feb. 18
Tues. Feb. 19
Wed. Feb. 20

Faculty Chamber Music Recital
Richard Bcene, bassoon; Jennifer John,
violin; Paul Kantor, violin; Fred Ormand,
clarinet; Stuart Sankey, bass; Yizhak
Schotten, viola; Virginia Weckstrom, piano.
All Schubert Program: Sonatensatz (1812),
Quartettsatz (1820), and Octet (1824)
School of Music Recital Hall, 7:30 p.m.
Campus Band/ U-M Flint
Symphonic Band
Myron D. Moss, Garry W. Owens,
conductors
H. Robert Reynolds, guest conductor
Music of Bernstein, Frescobaldi, Holst,'
Shostakovich, others
-Hill Auditorium, 4 pim.
University Choir
Jerry Blackstone, director
Paul Rardin, Laura Drcilich, conductors
Zimmerman: Psalm Concert
Durufl6: Four Latin Motets
Hill Auditorium, 8 p.m.
University Symphony Orchestra
With Concerto Competition
W inne rs.
Gustav Meier, Cindy Egolf-Sham Rao,
Matthew Savery, conductors
John Hillebrandt, piano; Laura Kobayashi,
violin; Suzie Lee, piano, Joseph Gramley,
marimba
Hillebrandt: Concerto for Piano
Prokofiev: Violin Concerto No. 1 in D
Major, Op. 19-
Stravinsky: Capriccio
Hovhaness: Fantasy on Japanese Woodprints
Hill Auditorium, 8 p.n.

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University Philharmonia
Orchestra With Concerto
Competition Winers :
Donald Schleicher, Gabriel Castagna, '
conductors
Brian Petkovich bassoon; Christopher
Creviston, saxophone; Perrin Yang, violin;
Monty Carter, piano
Mozart: Bassoon Concerto in B-flat Major
Villa-Lobos: Fantasia
Prokofiev: Violin Concerto No. 2 in g
minor, op. 63
Phan: Inner Voices
Saint-Sacns: Piano Concerto No. 5 in F
Major, op. 103
Hill Auditorium, 8 p.m.

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