Mountain Stage officially kicks off our 40th Broadcast Season this week with our 39th anniversary celebration featuring Bela Fleck My Bluegrass Heart, The Brother Brothers, Alice Howe with Freebo, The Bing Brother feat. Jake Krack, and a special appearance from West Virginia’s Poet Laureate Marc Harshman.
What Rough Beast? – King Crimson Returns to Touring
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And what rough beast, its hour come round at last, Slouches towards Bethlehem to be born? ~ Yeats
The beast stirs from fitful sleep, opening voluminous eyes – slowly becomes upright. This beast, this Crimson beast, is awake and ready.
What instruments? What batterie? What music?
In this world, a fourth world, normal is abnormal, expectation is shattered, all bets are on and off, time past-present-future is both linear and spiraled.
This is no polite English tea party. Hell’s bells, boys. This is Crimson, King Crimson.
This is a band that wants to melt your face, fracture your skull, then suddenly lead you to restrained introspection, delicate chamber interplay, nuance, color and light.
This is a band where a man plays his electric bass with sticks attached to his fingers, where exotic percussion instruments are scraped, swiped and sticked by three drummers. A band whose blue-flame serpentine guitars announce, with all the vigor of St. John’s Revelations, the dawning apocalypse.
To this mix, we add woodwinds of all shape, size and sound.
But you say, “This is trickery! The deception of the thrush! All is preplanned, informed and overly considered. This is merely the wizard’s art: slight-of-hand, frippery and rehearsed spectacle!”
Not even The Wizard Priest knows what will happen. This band exists in the moment, the precise moment – the moving razor’s edge of music. Crimson improvisations are not the solo-over-the-known-and-carefully-charted-chord-progression species, but the whole band creating a collective once-in-a-moment music. What you hear at a Crimson concert is a unique incarnation, a creation only found in that time and that place. Time is both linear and spiraled.
This is why KC fans are buying tickets and extra dates are being added. This is why shows are selling out. Because in today’s world of autotune stars, lipsyncing and prerecorded tracks, listeners want something real. Something daring – live without a net.
No other band comes close to this high-wire act. Go see them.
with KING CRIMSON Canada 2015 Nov 13 Palais Montcalm / Quebec Nov 14 Palais Montcalm / Quebec Nov 16 Theatre St. Denis / Montreal Nov 17 Theatre St. Denis / Montreal Nov 19 Queen Elizabeth Theatre / Toronto Nov 20 Queen Elizabeth Theatre / Toronto Nov 21 Queen Elizabeth Theatre / Toronto Nov 24 Jack Singer Concert Hall / Calgary Nov 26 Vogue Theatre / Vancouver Nov 27 Vogue Theatre / Vancouver Nov 29 Royal Theatre / Victoria
with KING CRIMSON Japan 2015 Dec 7 Bunkamura Orchard Hall / Tokyo Dec 8 Bunkamura Orchard Hall / Tokyo Dec 9 Bunkamura Orchard Hall / Tokyo Dec 10 Bunkamura Orchard Hall / Tokyo Dec 12 Festival Hall / Osaka Dec 13 Festival Hall / Osaka Dec 21 Century Hall / Nagoya
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