PREVIEW – whateverandeveramen’s #TwitterCommission

Saturday September 21, 2013, 7:30 p.m. at the University of Washington Cultural Center Theater, $10 in advance or at the door.

This Saturday, new Seattle choral ensemble whateverandeveramen present the newest of their innovations: The #TwitterCommission. Composers from around the US and as far-flung as the UK have written pieces on all aspects of the social media platform. The music ranges from Liam Moore’s experimental and etherial trending to Karen Siegel’s humorous self-awareness in Obsessions from the Twittersphere and Confessions from the Blogosphere. There is even a piece composed of 140 notes per part.

From w&ea’s website:

Twitter. Intellect, depth, poetry. Wait… that isn’t what you think of first? Maybe not, but there is certainly something to be said for the art form of a well-crafted tweet. While most of us consider Twitter to be nothing but a venue for frivolous over-sharing, a closer look reveals it is much more than that. Twitter is used to connect people around the world. It is used for marketing and branding by everyone from major companies to small family owned businesses. It is used for social commentary and even for deep personal thoughts or confessions. Yes, like it or not, Twitter has become a part of the fabric of today’s online society.

What would music sound like if it lived in this world? What if musician could only play in bursts of 140 notes at a time? Or a lyricist who can only set 140 characters of text?

The show is sure to be an interesting take on social mediawhile simultaneously critiquing concertgoing. There will be no smart phones hidden away here. Instead the group (and the crowd, hopefully) will be livetweeting all night, finally free to look check tweets, email, facebook, and instagram, even drink a beer during a concert of classical music. You know we all want to, anyway.

Hear whateverandeveramen Saturday September 21, 2013, 7:30 p.m. at the University of Washington Cultural Center Theater, $10 in advance or at the door.

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