From LA’s REDCAT:
Visually, theatrically and electrically charged compositions form the latest evening from the California E.A.R. Unit, Los Angeles’ adventurous new music ensemble. Highlighting internationally renowned Portuguese composer Miguel Azguime, the Unit performs the pre-composed electronic sounds and live electronic strategies that fill the gap between words and music in his theatrically driven On Music: Literally Speaking. Chris Tonkin’s Widdop, Phaetons, Relic draws on three poems by Ted Hughes to inform compositional features such as gesture, timbre and organization for each of its three movements. Live electro-acoustic manipulations of the sounds of teacups, playing cards, pocket watches and children’s songs entwine with projections informed by lesser-known iterations of Alice in Wonderland in David Dvorin’s haunting new work As Alice. And rounding out the program, Shaun Naidoo’s stark Nothing Left to Burn twists and warps the sounds of the trio, and added melodica, to evoke the devastating fire that consumed the mountains above Los Angeles.