The Red Krayola with The Familiar
Ugly in Concert, 2012
Ensemble music and free-form freakout
The Red Krayola is a rock band; challenging the parameters of their activity, they have reinvented their project over five decades. Their music is complex and restless, mixing modes and addresses where entertainment meets theory—formal, political, social, existential, etc. They trade, in their words, in “genre […] festooned with emergency conditionals. ‘It’s a pop song, just in case it might be an avant-garde performance’; ‘It’s a contribution to a conversation, just in case it’s rock ’n’ roll.’” Their Biennial project includes an index of more than four hundred entries covering their diverse membership, affiliations, and concerns (on view in the Lower Gallery). With its associates, The Familiar Ugly—a set of accomplices—the band will perform an evening comprising new songs, old songs, and free-form freakouts. On April 14, selections from Victorine—an opera written in collaboration with the British conceptual artists Art & Language—will be premiered.
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