by Lee Gardner
April 28, 2011
We know, we know: “Classical music” played on electric guitar often winds up as some proggy “Karn Evil No. 9”-style eyewash. The pickers of the Los Angeles Electric 8 take a far more deft and acerbic tack, though, massing their amplified (but still fairly clean) signals in the service of composers ranging from canon fodder Mendelssohn and Shostakovich to contemporary types such as Phil Kline. Tonight’s program centers on the music of (and links between) Indonesian gamelan and American minimalism, including the work of the late Baltimore-area ethnomusicologist/composer Mantle Hood. Don’t miss.