The Cordis Ensemble’s “Condition Blue” multimedia program arrives at the Quick Center in Saint-Bonaventure

October 25, 2022

Cordis Ensemble will present its innovative multimedia program “Condition Blue – The Acoustics of Water Sports” at 7:30 pm on Friday, November 4 at the Regina A. Quick Center for the Arts at Saint-Bonaventure University.

This is the third presentation of the 2022-2023 Friends of Good Music performance season hosted by the Quick Center.

The program features Cordis’ dramatic live music, creatively influenced and enhanced by the limitless properties of water. The music comes to life amid breathtaking aquatic imagery curated by the National Geographic Society.

“Condition Blue” is part of a multifaceted project in which the ensemble has embarked on an effort to raise awareness of the Earth and its precious resources.

Cordis is an American progressive chamber music group consisting of cimbalom, percussion, cello, guitar and keyboards. Formed in Boston, Massachusetts, in 2010 by Richard Grimes, Andrew Beall and Jeremy Harman, the band initially served as a performance vehicle for Grimes’ compositions. The ensemble’s debut album, “Here On Out”, was hailed as a critical success.

The band honed their focus, exploring more experimental timbres, with Grimes directing their role overall solely to the electric cimbalom.

Cordis’ second album, “Seams”, released in September 2016, featured tracks ranging in length from under 30 seconds to over 10 minutes. Grimes described his songwriting on the album as “a contest of patience versus efficiency”.

In the fall of 2020, Cordis created “Condition Blue”, the first in a three-part series of performance themes incorporating elemental environments (water, fire, and earth) with sound. “Condition Blue: The Acoustics of Aquatics” offers an evocative journey through the Earth’s diverse aquatic habitats, where life thrives in the most extraordinary conditions. The show features Cordis performing on traditional and non-traditional water-based instruments.

The ensemble’s ‘Condition Blue’ performances will continue through spring 2023. These will be followed by performances of ‘Condition Red’, which will explore the effects of heat on sound, and finally ‘Condition Clear’, the effects of air on sound. The ensemble plans to release albums in conjunction with each of the series’ “Condition” chapters.

“I’m so glad we were able to book this innovative set during their nationwide tour,” said Ludwig Brunner, Executive Director of Quick Center. “This is our first multi-media show in our performance series and promises to be an exciting event for all friends of music and the environment.”

The price of a single ticket for this show is $20 full price, $16 for seniors and Saint-Bonaventure employees and $5 for students. For tickets and information, call the Quick Center at (716) 375-2494.

For each Friends of Good Music performance, The Quick Center will open its galleries one hour prior to the performance and keep them open throughout intermission. Normal gallery hours are 12-5 p.m. Monday-Friday and 12-4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

Entrance to the museum is free and open to the public all year round. For more information, visit www.sbu.edu/quickcenter.

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