SPENCER McGARRY SEASON play EPISODE 2
support from CARDIFF NEW MUSIC COLLECTIVE
Friday 19th March
Theatre, Chapter Arts Centre, Cardiff
£5.00 adv/£6.00 door
Following a gestation period of a mere thirteen months, work has been completed on Spencer McGarry Season’s magnum opus Episode 2. To celebrate this achievement, in advance of its Spring release date the band will perform the full 70-minute album in the Chapter Arts Centre theatre on Friday 19th March from 7.30pm.
There’s an ambitious lyrical and musical adventurousness in the new material which may well surprise a lot of people familiar with the relatively straightforward, if expertly executed, rock/pop moves of 2009’s Episode 1.
Episode 2 takes its cues from a broad range of influences, with the 20th century musical theatre of Rogers and Hammerstein, Gershwin and Irving Berlin noticeable alongside the baroque pop of Brian Wilson, Sufjan Stevens and The Beatles and even modern classicists Steve Reich and Philip Glass. With huge faux-operatic moments, jazz passages, knowing avant campness and out-and-out noise, culminating in a 20-minute medley, this is a challenging yet warm and accessible record and a massive step forward.
This intimate, all-seated show will see the band expand to a 12-piece mini orchestra of horns, woodwind, strings, percussion and additional singers.
Cardiff New Music Collective will perform two works written for them by their associate composer Paul Jones – More Fifty Favourite Songs Everybody Loves To Hear and Spring, Leaf, Spring. The line-up will consist of flute, clarinet, viola, guitar, piano and percussion.