Get in the "Loop"

Monday, January 31, 2011

If you’re looking for something a little different musically, you might want to take in the performance by a New York Percussion Duo called Loop 2.4.3. This new music team has been described as having the "sensibility somewhere between Anton Webern, Steve Reich, Art Blakey and The Beatles."

The group will perform at 7:30 Friday, Feb. 4 at the Recital Hall in the Performance Arts Center. Admission is free.

From Michigan originally, Loop 2.4.3 settled in Brooklyn via New Haven and Seattle and has spent the last five years alternately traveling and writing, improvising and creating their own style. Finding themselves outside of the established music cliques, they rallied some friends to start their own label (Music Starts From Silence), as well as their own summer music and arts festival .

 Their debut record, Batterie, was captured in a one-hour session for Sonarchy Radio (KEXP) in Seattle. They released the CD "as is" with no edits, and the immediacy and vibrancy of their performances won over many listeners. Their new album, Zodiac Dust, retains that energy while somehow becoming both more focused and more experimental.

Their innately narrative approach to instrumental writing is taken across the breadth of the entire album. Loop 2.4.3 introduces two new instruments, the eLog and Rose Echo, and utilizes cello, violin, piano and voice, along with their standard percussion arsenal to create a "fusing of mainstream perceptiveness and a post-modern philosophy" that "makes Zodiac Dust something that can be listened to over and over." (Audiophile Audition)

 Loop 2.4.3 has performed with Clogs, Newband (Harry Partch Ensemble), Daphnis Prieto, Belle Orchestre, the Books, Evan Ziporyn, Sufjan Stevens, Shara Worden (My Brightest Diamond, the Decemberists), Joe Morello, their late mentor Robert Hohner, dancer/choreographer Alan Good, director John Jeserun, as soloists with the Brooklyn Philharmonic at the BAM Opera House, and at Times Square as a collaboration with Robert Indiana, Michael McKenzie and Teresa Smith.

The duo has toured internationally and performed for radio, theater, and television, including footage for The Learning Channel and MTV, and appearances at the Sydney Festival, the London Jazz Festival, Merkin Hall, and the Japan Society (NYC) among others. Please visit:

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