Minimalist Jukebox #2: Needs More Chimebell
Terrace seating at last night's Minimalist Jukebox concert was like bleacher seats at a baseball game - a bit unruly. Well, unruly as a classical concert can get these days at least. Terry Jennings' (1940 - 1981, born in Eagle Rock) String Quartet begat another piece in the audience. The "drone-inspired, modal, repetitive," extremely quiet and delicate work gave room for a chorus of antiphonal coughs, throat clearing and shuffling feet. These small, but constant sounds foreign to the piece, made it even more beautiful in that sort of "you are a noise nerd" way.
But in a 25-minute piece of this, you can feel the exasperation of the audience. At one point an elderly gentleman whispered quite loudly at a long pause of silence, "this isn't too exciting." A few moments later from another person: "hideous." This and some snoring ensued much giggling throughout the terrace to be followed by the non-surprising cell phone ring at, of course, another moment of silence. A couple from Baltimore visiting their daughter told us after that they were "expecting music".