Thursday, May 6, 2010

DUBOWSKY ENSEMBLE + STRINGS play Depeche Mode's VIOLATOR (20th Anniversary Concert) June 3, 2010

JACK CURTIS DUBOWSKY ENSEMBLE "redefining musical boundaries" San Francisco Classical Voice 9/1/09


DATE: Thursday, June 3, 2010, 9 pm
VENUE: Eagle Tavern, 398 12th Street, San Francisco, CA 94103-4330. Tel. (415) 626-0880
BOX OFFICE: Tickets available at the door

In a very special engagement, the Jack Curtis Dubowsky Ensemble and strings perform the entire Depeche Mode album Violator, start to finish, completely live, with no pre-records or sequencing. For the 20th anniversary of this auspicious album, hear it live, as you have never heard it before.

The Jack Curtis Dubowsky Ensemble, a groundbreaking new music ensemble led by classical and film composer Jack Curtis Dubowsky, combines acoustic instruments, electronic hardware, composed material and structured improvisation. The Ensemble treats analog synth as a rare and unpredictable performance instrument. The Ensemble's contemporary electroacoustic music, is performed and recorded live with no overdubs or sequencing. The Ensemble just released its second album, II, and returned from an April tour of the east coast.

The Ensemble has played chamber concert series, new music series, galleries, alternative performance spaces, and has also presented programs of live music to experimental film.

Jack Curtis Dubowsky : Arrangements, Synthesizer, Vocals
Hall Goff : Trombone, Vocals
Fred Morgan : Drums
Yuri Kye : Violin
Alice Kao : Violin
Adam Young : Cello

Also appearing: Monks of Doom. (JCDE Violator goes on first.)
Monks of Doom were formed in 1986 by four members of the ever-popular college/indie rock band Camper Van Beethoven.

About Violator

Released twenty years ago in 1990, Depeche Mode’s seventh studio album continued a commercial and artistic flirtation with the American west, the guitar, the synth, and the sampler, all while stretching the structural form of the pop song.

Violator comprises nine songs, two un-indexed experimental “interludes,” and four singles: “Personal Jesus,” “Enjoy the Silence,” “Policy of Truth,” and “World in My Eyes.” The album has sold 13.5 million copies to date, making it DM’s biggest seller, as well as one of Rolling Stone’s “500 Greatest Albums of All Time.” All of the songs are composed by Martin L. Gore, a combination of recluse and exhibitionist.

“Blue Dress” is really about Martin wearing the dress, not the implied second person. Seen in this manner, “Blue Dress” attempts to elucidate a sexual fetish much in the same vein as “Strangelove” and “Master and Servant.”
The demo version of “Enjoy the Silence” suggests the song was intended to be the next “Somebody” before Alan Wilder’s production pumped the simple chord progression to dance club intensity.

“Personal Jesus” continued both the use of guitar and the homoerotic buddy/savior fixation of “Never Let Me Down Again.” It followed in the twangy footsteps of their unexpected cover of “Route 66” that had been encouraged by their American label and parlayed into an alterative radio hit.

“Clean” features an echoic homage to Pink Floyd’s “One of These Days.”

The album remains both popular and enigmatic, an unlikely crossover that is influential to this day.

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