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Continued: Reid Anderson prepares a 'high risk' project

  • Article by: PAMELA ESPELAND , Special to the Star Tribune
  • Last update: June 20, 2013 - 1:14 PM

When worlds collide

Projects that mix jazz and classical musicians can be challenging. Jazz musicians improvise; most classical musicians don’t. Often, the classical musicians end up with too little to do while the jazz musicians go on too long — at least, for those who have come to hear the classical musicians.

“This is not an uncommon experience when these worlds collide,” Anderson said. “I’m trying to strike a balance. One of my concerns is that the strings sound great and get to play at the level that they deserve to be. … I’m trying to make music that shines a light on everybody. That is the central consideration.

“Fundamentally, I’m a very practical composer. I like my music to be playable. I like people to feel they don’t have to make some big conceptual stretch to understand what’s happening and get fulfillment from playing the music. The core aesthetic hurdle might be that this music involves a certain amount of not listening to everybody.”

What can the audience expect? Those who have only seen Anderson with his big double bass — meaning anyone who has seen him before — will be surprised by what he brings to the SPCO Center.

“I’ll be on stage controlling various synthesizers and samplers and directing traffic,” he explained. “I will be an instrumentalist like everyone else, just playing the computer.”

Have a little faith.

“My music is very melodic,” he said. “I believe in melody.”

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  • THE ROUGH MIXES

    What: World premiere of composition by Reid Anderson, performed by Anderson, Steven Copes, Sunmi Chang, Anthony Ross and Jeff Ballard, with video by Cristina Guadalupe.

    When: 7:30 p.m. Tue.-Wed.

    Where: The Music Room at SPCO Center, 408 St. Peter St., third floor, St. Paul.

    Tickets: $10 adults, $5 children. TheSPCO.org or 651-291-1144.

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