Fresno New Music will be hosting SWARMIUS on Friday, November 21st, 8:00 pm in the Fresno State Concert Hall! Swarmius describes themselves as a “San Diego Classical Surf Punk Collective, ” as well as “a sonic fusion of classical meets modern-hip-hop, house-trance-techno.”
A few words by SWARMIUS: “Fluidly blending electronics and virtuosic acoustic performance, SWARMIUS is both boundary pushing and deeply connected to the music of our times. We are guided by the challenge of creating music that thrives in everything from raves to classical concert halls and every place in between: street corners & clubs; living rooms and places of worship; grammar schools and college hideaways…. Music that constantly probes who we are and how we are becoming as a culture – that is fun, challenging and stimulating for the mindbody. No matter the venue, we break the fourth wall and engage our audiences by describing the musical influences and inviting feedback, as well as engaging members of the audience in the performance.”
Swarmius is a collection of five strong personalities, united by the love of working together and creating new work: Emma DuPuy (vocals and guitar), Todd Rewoldt (alto and tenor saxophone), Michael Cooper (soprano saxophone Schrödinger᾿s Sax), Andrew Kreysa (percussion), and Joseph Waters (laptop/composer).
“….marvelous, orchestrally conceived music [with] driving pulses, exotic timbres, concerto pyrotechnics and on from there. Combines industrial, modern classical, world influenced music and a bunch of other thingsfor a mix that has its own trajectory. Swarmius Defies Categorization.”
— Gapplegate Music Review
“Dizzying, multi-genre-leapingwork — [a] shapeshifting synthesis — simultaneously exotic and familiar, intricate and inviting — One of the most appealing qualities is how well it mixes acoustic instruments with laptop computers ….”
— San Diego Union Tribune
— Paris Transatlantic Magazine
“It is Moby gone over to a dark side, where Yoko Ono is the Dungeon Master and Brian Eno keeps score.”
— The San Diego Reader
” …The music is intense, crammed with dramatic crescendos followed by abrupt pauses. … gorgeous, but undefinable.”
— San Diego City Beat
Concert is Friday November 21st, 8:00 pm at the Fresno State Concert Hall. For tickets, please go to http://www.fresnostate.edu/music/concerts. Tickets are $15/general, $10 for faculty and staff, and FREE for students.