Monday, July 12, 2010

DUBOWSKY ENSEMBLE PLAYS Depeche Mode's VIOLATOR (20th Anniversary Concert) at CAFE DU NORD !!! 7/28/10

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

DATE: Wednesday, July 28, 2010. Doors 7pm, show 8pm
VENUE: Cafe Du Nord, 2170 Market Street, San Francisco CA 94114. Phone: 415 861 5016
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
Jake Harris : Trombone, Vocals
Fred Morgan : Drums
Yuri Kye : Violin
Alice Kao : Violin
Adam Young : Cello
Ari Gorman: Double Bass

Also appearing:

The Hurd Ensemble exists where electronic, classical, rock, experimental and jazz intersect, combining live electronics with violin, viola, cello, upright bass, and piano for driving, accessible, wildly rhythmic music filled with melody and extremes of percussion. Listen to samples of their work at and

ElectroSonic Chamber
Experience the psychedelic sounds of The ElectroSonic Chamber, a four-piece band conceived and born in the Bay Area. Comprised of a Filipino and Bay Area natives, they are a splash of good old California sunshine sprinkled with Trans-Pacific flair. Loud enough to feel some good vibrations, a splendid time is guaranteed for all!
Wilfred Galila - Guitar/Vocals,
Dominic Mercurio - Drums/Samples,
Clint Forney - Guitar,
Joey Hassid - Keyboard.

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

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