LDPhoto1012BLawrence Dillon’s Poke, a bagatelle on anti-social media will be performed by Low and Lower, cellist Brooks Whitehouse and bassist Paul Sharpe, on Tuesday, January 14 – 8:00 PM at The Moore Building, Britton Recital Hall on the campus of University of Michigan, 1100 Baits Drive in Ann Arbor and on Friday, January 17 at Cleveland Institute of Music’s Kulas Hall, 11021 East Blvd. in Cleveland, Ohio.

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 January 14 performance, call 734-764-0583 or visit http://www.music.umich.edu/index.php. For more about the January 17 show, call 216-791-5000 or visit http://www.cim.edu/.

Lawrence Dillon’s 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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