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This Week in Classical Picks: Noisy Night

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If the above photo does not look anything like a night of Mozart or Tchaikovsky, you're right. Enter 20th Century Classical music where some composers went into non-linear forms, chance and improvisation.

Part of the Society for the Activation of Social Space through Art and Sound's (SASSAS) sound. series, "Noisy Night features eight players from heavy metal and harsh noise, two idioms with rich and similarly subversive histories. Improvisational ensembles will be created using random methods, drawing upon musicians who have not previously performed together but who share an interest in working at the fringes of sonic practice."

And improvisational doesn't mean jazz or "hey, let's jam, man" type music. This is pure improv based on no scales, melodies or rhythms. It is reaction based. One sound begets and another musician shapes their sounds in reaction to that. Or maybe they ignore it and play whatever they want to see how the chaos works out.

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Some consider this din, but then again, some consider the C-Major scale disgusting. It's all perspective, and for those who enjoy the dirty pretty things of sound, Noisy Night is the way to go.

Saturday, July 28 @ 8:00 p.m.
Tickets: $10 - $20

Steve Allen Theatre
4773 Hollywood Blvd
Hollywood, CA 90027

On a sidenote: The box office for the LA Opera opened this morning at 10:00 a.m. The 2007/2008 season features the Verdi's Requiem, Beethoven's Fidelio, Tosca, La Boheme, Tristan and Isolde and more.