Grimes’ Visions Gets Classical Interpretation for New Concert Series
Composers reworked each song on the album for the upcoming “Many Visions” shows
The songs from Grimes’ 2012 album Visions will receive classical music interpretations by 13 composers during a concert series called “Many Visions: Plumes Deconstructs the Music of Grimes.” The event was conceived by Plumes, a Montreal-based ensemble. Shows will take place across Canada this month. See the itinerary below. There are also plans to record the performances for streaming.
“We wanted to see how we could bridge the gap between popular and classical music—we have a suspicion it’s smaller than people think,” Luke Nickel (co-director of Winnipeg’s Cluster New Music and Integrated Arts Festival) said to MusicWorks. “We want to think about interpretation and rearrangement, not only in terms of musical material but also in terms of the spirit of an artist. That led us to Grimes, whose DIY attitude seems to resonate across genres.”
“The theme of the festival is dismantling, taking something apart and reconstructing it,” Plumes’ Geof Holbrook told MusicWorks. In an interview with NOW Magazine, composer Monica Pearce said, “It’s going to be quite different from the album, which I think will be really exciting.”
“Many Visions: Plumes Deconstructs the Music of Grimes”:
03-10 Montreal, Quebec - Rocket Science Room 03-11 Toronto, Ontario - The Music Gallery 03-12 Hamilton, Ontario - The Casbah 03-13 Windsor, Ontario - University of Windsor 03-15 Guelph, Ontario - University of Guelph 03-16 Kitchener, Ontario - Wilfrid Laurier University 03-17 Winnipeg, Manitoba - Cluster Festival 03-18 Saskatoon, Saskatchewan - Village Guitar & Amp Co 03-21 Vancouver, British Columbia - Music on Main
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