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Ecstatic Music Festival: Deerhoof & Dal Niente with Marcos Balter

Wednesday | February 20 2013 | 5:29 pm

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Deerhoof - labeled "the best band in the world” by Pitchfork and called “one of the most original rock bands to have come along in the last decade” by The New York Times - and the contemporary ensemble Dal Niente will collaborate on a new work for the first time after sharing a bill in Chicago's Millennium Park last summer as part of the Wordless Music Series. The program includes a new work by Brazilian-born composer Marcos Balter for Deerhoof and Dal Niente, arrangements by Greg Saunier of  Deerhoof songs for Dal Niente and a performance of works by Balter for Dal Niente. Balter's music has been called “minutely crafted” and “utterly lovely” (Chicago Tribune) and “whimsical” and “surreal” (New York Times). The Chicago Tribune praises Balter's “wickedly original sense of humor and a fiercely imaginative palette of instrumental and vocal sounds” and calls Dal Niente “a model of what contemporary music needs," praising the group’s “frisky eclecticism.”

Festival curator Judd Greenstein introduces this concert.

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