Even though the streets of Bakersfield wash environmentally friendly this St. Patrick’s Day weekend, a quieter — but pretty powerful — musical celebration will be taking place March 18 when the Southern California-centered Duo Apollon performs at Emmanuel Lutheran Church.
The band, consisting of singer Anastasia Malliaras, 29, and guitarist Aaron Haas, 33, is named after Apollo, the Greek god of tunes and dance, as very well as a nod to Malliaras’ Greek heritage.
“We experience that those factors (Apollo signifies) — the light-weight, the tunes, the poetry — seriously kind of embody what we do as a duo,” Malliaras reported.
The two have been participating in with each other since 2017 and accomplish music from their authentic artwork tune repertoire. What are art music? It can be audio that Malliaras describes as “done or sung in a classical style that’s not taken from opera. (An art tune is) a poem established to audio but sung in a classical style, supposed to be sung in a recital placing.”
That consists of folks songs from around the globe, reinterpreted for an artwork song setting. Not each music, even though, is considered for this variety of reinvention. An American people tune like “Shenandoah” would be acceptable but a tune like “Women Just Want to Have Enjoyable” would not.
Frequently, if it is a piece of audio supposed for only piano and vocal, it could be an artwork song and Duo Apollon tailor and adapt the music they perform to their particular guitar/voice milieu, even if the songs did not start out off as these types of.
This is evidenced when they carry out alternatives from Franz Shubert’s “Winterreise” song cycle (a track cycle is a assortment of art tunes) that was at first composed for piano and vocals.
“Not only does he (Haas) come across the guitar variations of these pieces,” Malliaras said, “often he’ll transcribe them by himself if the version for guitar isn’t going to exist,”
From my encounter, the virtuosity that takes place in tunes normally will come via performance. It can be not often about a soloist improvising to the moon or composing a piece that highlights their highly developed technicality. It is really in how a musician maximizes their skill to make the greatest possibilities and circulation in any musical placing. They’re not just executing, they are channeling.
At that degree, the musician has an nearly supernatural knowing of their instrument and material, regardless of complexity, that intuitively — and emotionally — connects with the listener.
The intimacy of the voice and guitar mixture has its personal vitality.
“You can find a massive change in between an instrument that goes out to attain the viewers, like the piano, or other orchestral instruments, and an instrument like the guitar, which just about invites the listener to appear into its audio,” Haas reported.
“I come to feel so lucky to have Anastasia as a singer due to the fact she’s in a position to deliver the musical expression virtually inside the new music while we can both equally enable the audio out when appropriate bringing this form of personal quality, primarily to transcriptions we have performed, is something special to the voice and guitar mixture.”
Haas’ actively playing and Malliaras’ voice are wonderfully impressive and dynamic. They approach the audio they accomplish with remarkable handle, come to feel and musical steadiness. They genuinely really like what they do.
“I believe where the elegance lies in this songs is exactly where strategy and artistry satisfy each and every other,” Malliaras claimed. “For me, individually, what I constantly check out to express is natural beauty: beauty in the songs, splendor in the textual content.”
“I go into just about every live performance contemplating I just want to achieve any one who demands a very little little bit of attractiveness, who needs a small bit of sensation, in their life. Even if it can be just one particular particular person in the viewers who’s deeply afflicted.”
Their gig at Emmanuel Lutheran was booked as a prevent on their way towards their future live performance in Monterey on Saturday, but it also marks a initially for the duo.
“I’m so energized to be performing in Bakersfield,” Malliaras claimed. “This is our 1st overall performance north of Los Angeles. We have only carried out at concert sequence in L.A. or Orange County so this is really fascinating for the each of us.”
“We are super thrilled to start off having our new music to distinct locations and sharing the natural beauty of art tunes.”
I hope that nearby tunes lovers of all forms demonstrate up and give them a courteous Bakersfield welcome. They will not be dissatisfied.
Duo Apollon, introduced by The Bakersfield Recital Collection, 7:30 p.m. March 18, Emmanuel Lutheran Church, 1900 Baker St. $10, $5 for pupils, seniors tickets at eventbrite.com. Masks will be demanded for this celebration.
A different noteworthy celebration that includes a SoCal-primarily based musical duo will be occurring that weekend — albeit of a distinct sort — at the Previous River Monte Carlo on March 19.
Bantamweight is merely insane. Drummer Max Kelly — a great deal like fellow maniacs Kenwood Dennard, Louis Cole of Knower, and Josh Dion of Paris Monster — splits his time in between taking part in ridiculously sophisticated pieces on a MIDI-keyboard with his left hand and simultaneously playing the drums with his other limbs.
He is currently a beast when he is taking part in with only just one fifty percent of his overall body on possibly drums or on keyboard. When he goes all-in on both? It really is just future-stage. Singer/bassist Keith Shacklett is no slouch possibly.
Check out the band’s tune “Hellion” to get a glimpse of the form of prog-rock shenanigans it’s acquired going on: assume of a darker, heavier, a lot more intensive Desire Theater.
Fellow Los Angeles-primarily based band DeafBoutique will appeal to followers of Deftones and Korn, and neighborhood functions Band of Relatives, Damp Robotic and Tall Dark are maintaining the torch lit for regional creative, strong, guitar-pushed songs. All of this with no admission rate. As Ted Williams, the drummer for Band of Relatives who set this 21-and-above gig up, said, “This is a straight Sunset Strip clearly show in Bakersfield.”
Be recommended: The parking at the Old River Monte Carlo is challenging so program ahead usually you could obtain yourself trapped in a sea of cars. But if you are a enthusiast of all flavors of modern day challenging rock will not be shocked to locate oneself there for the very long haul. The pizza there is very fantastic, far too.
Bantamweight, DeafBoutique, Band of Spouse and children, Wet Robotic and Tall Dark, 7 p.m. March 19 at the Aged River Monte Carlo, 9750 Taft Freeway. Absolutely free admission.
Contributing columnist Cesareo Garasa provides you The Lowdown on community tunes and enjoyment each individual other Thursday.