Lawrence Dillon’s Poke will be performed by Low and Lower, cellist Brooks Whitehouse and bassist Paul Sharpe, on Saturday, March 2 – 7:30 PM at The Dance Hall, 7 Walker Street in Kittery and Sunday, March 3 at Piper Shores Auditorium, 15 Piper Road in Scarborough, Maine.

The composer writes about the piece, “Poke, subtitled a bagatelle on anti-social media, is scored for cello and double bass, with a running (spoken) dialogue between the two musicians as they play, an argument taking place across various social media. Over the course of the piece, the two “text”, “friend” and “like” one another with increasing fury, as their virtual exchanges complete obliterate their real lives in a comic turn on the dark underbelly of our online politesse.”

A live video of Poke, filmed during Low and Lower’s 2012 Alaskan tour has gone viral, spreading across the world from the U.S. to Europe, Africa, South America and the Philippines. See it at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7mYPzl1itIc. Visit them at http://www.brookswhitehouse.com/schedule.

For more about the March 2 performance, call 207-703-2083 or visit http://www.thedancehallkittery.org/The_Dance_Hall/Events.html. For more about the March 3 show, call 207-883-8700 or visit http://www.pipershores.org/index.html.

Naxos has issued Lawrence Dillon Violin Music (Catalogue No: 8.559644 – http://www.naxos.com/catalogue/item.asp?item_code=8.559644), featuring seven chamber worksperformed by violinist Danielle Belen, 2008 Grand Prize Winner of the Sphinx Competition. His other recent, critically-acclaimed CD release, Insects and Paper Airplanes, is on the Bridge label – http://www.bridgerecords.com/catpage.php?call=9332. His music is published by American Composers Alliance – http://composers.com/. Visit his website at http://www.lawrencedillon.com/.

 

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