Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Improv musician Michael Rexen at The Fridge Fringe

Although The Fridge pulled together this Michael Rexen concert at somewhat short notice, the early January lull ensured that my evening was open (after some reorganizing). Rexen has actually performed at The Fridge before, but this concert was a solo this time. He layered together a series of ethereal and anti-formulaic improvised compositions, using mostly a loop pedal and a Yamaha GL1 with whatever he picked up on an analog radio, along with his rather pleasant and versatile singing voice. Appearing with a casual thobe and a beanie, he also occasionally expounded on his philosophy of music. And notably, he composes his music using drawings instead of written notes.

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