This Will Destroy You, Slow Six and A Far Cry
Live from the Ecstatic Music Festival 2012 at Merkin Concert Hall
Wednesday, February 15, 2012
On February 9, 2012 the Ecstatic Music Festival at Merkin Concert Hall juxtaposed the Boston-based string orchestra A Far Cry with post-rockers This Will Destroy You, composer/violinist Christopher Tignor and his instrumental rock group Slow Six.
The conductorless A Far Cry opened the show with an energetic take on Reich's Triple Quartet before joining electro-acoustic composer Tignor for a collaborative strings-and-live-electronics take on his Thunder Lay Down in the Heart. The second set continued with Tignor's band Slow Six, whose meditative minimalist rhythms and post-rock slow builds were supported perfectly by Tignor's string arrangements, delivered by A Far Cry.
Influenced by the likes of Godspeed You! Black Emperor, and David Bowie, This Will Destroy You is well-known for its effects-laden guitar sounds and simple, ambient melodies. The instrumental group's large-scale sound, made even larger with support from the string orchestra, rounded out the evening.