Bill Orcutt plus UCF Collide Ensemble at Gallery at Avalon Island- Saturday, April 4th

Saturday, April 4th
The Civic Minded 5, Timucua Arts Foundation and
Gallery at Avalon Island present
Bill Orcutt plus UCF Collide Ensemble
plays Globokar, Lucier and Rzewski
Gallery at Avalon Island
39 S. Magnolia Avenue, Orlando
6:00 pm doors, 7:00 pm concert
sliding scale suggested donation,
all ages welcome

Straight outta the cm5 Chore/Honey Do Jar comes Bill Orcutt in downtown Orlando. This event has pulsed like a telltale heart in our concert series bucket for at least four years. We’d rather frame this seeming act of redemption as a savoir faire execution of a pending job instead of silencing a nagging reminder of incompetence or sloth. Proudly, it’s also our third annual collaboration with UCF Professor Thad Anderson’s student ensembles.

Bill_Orcutt_stringbenderGuitarist Bill Orcutt could be described as a raw, outsider Country Blues guitarist or a radical, Post-Minimalist composer. Or he could be a Noise/No Wave musician gone acoustic to play chestnuts of American Vernacular Music. Checking all these boxes would also lead to a fairly functional description. It’s also fair to say that Bill Orcutt’s international appeal in the last half a dozen years comes from his singular, dynamic approach with a partly de-stringed and re-tuned acoustic guitar.

One of our own in the cm5 documented and bore witness to Orcutt’s post-Miami hardcore punk life, agitating South Florida under the pause-inducing Harry Pussy moniker along with his vocalist/drummer wife Adris Hoyos. The band expanded to a trio with a short sequence of second guitarists in their 1992-1997 run. Harry Pussy’s recorded output read like a head-on collision in a three-and-a-half way crossroads of early, lo(er)-fi Sonic Youth howl, the haunting vibrations of early country-blues with the pauses mercilessly edited out, Japanese noise-core and fleeting strains of pop song structures. Orcutt’s public music life went largely off the radar between 1997 and 2008. Motivated by being asked to compile the late band’s material he transitioned from his re-tuned, four string electric guitar to a four string acoustic Kay creating a post-millenial adjacent to the American Primitive Guitar movement. Orcutt will present this acoustic version in the cozy upstairs theater at Gallery at Avalon Island. You will recognize some of those old, edgy influences of his 1990’s string playing. Some of those individualized, unpredictable pauses that made down home/country/Pre-War blues a universal touchstone are restored, too.

The UCF Collide Ensemble continue to present vibrant contemporary classical music for their third Civic Minded 5 collaboration. Opening the evening in the spirit of guitarist Orcutt’s unaccompanied recitations, Collide members present compositions for soloists from Vinko Globokar, Alvin Lucier and Fredric RzewskiProfessor Anderson curated this program, choosing student performances that could create a recombinant mosaic of small yet notable gestures linking up to Orcutt’s recital. Much of the contemporary classical canon reads pretty poorly via the single lens and mic experiences of the YouTube era. Instead of revealing the specific compositions leading to an underwhelming audition through tiny computer speakers, we’ll suggest the intimacies of Avalon’s nearly secret theater as many attendees’ first experience.

Take part in our town’s expanding instant arts community created at each event by appearing willing – described by composer Anthony Braxton as the “friendly experiencer.” A donation bar and gallery walk replaces the Timucua Arts BYOB and live artist this time. We’ll see you there.

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