Amirtha Kidambi and Elder Ones Performance at UC Irvine Reviewed

Source: New University.

Led by vocalist Kidambi, the electronic jazz ensemble includes Matt Nelson on soprano saxophone, Eva Lawitts on cello, and Max Jaffe on drums and sensory percussion. The four, in conjunction with Kidambi’s synthesizer and harmonium arrangements, weave a blanket of melancholic, emotional and sparingly dissonant orchestration. As a quartet, Elder Ones perform Kidambi’s own compositions –– most of which recall moments of socio-political turmoil from the past year –– and seamlessly integrate space for each of Elder Ones’ members to improvise extended solos. The group’s instrumentation, which ricochets between melodic and dissonant, aptly reflects the weight of the subject matter.