On Mar. 20 at 7:30 p.m., new-music supergroup Big Farm, consisting of guitarist-composer Steven Mackey, composer-director and accordionist Rinde Eckert, bassist Lek Darger and So Percussion's Jason Treuting—took the stage with JACK Quartet for the penultimate concert of the 2013 Ecstatic Music Festival.
The JACK Quartet opened the evening with the world premiere of Eckert's Of Wood and Bone and Mackey's String Theory, composed specifically for the quartet. Eckert, a Pulitzer Prize finalist for Drama and an Obie Award winner, shared a Grammy last year with Mackey and ensemble Eighth Blackbird for their 2011 album, and previous Q2 Music Album of the Week, "Lonely Motel."
Big Farm then performed music from their forthcoming debut release—a theatrical hybrid of heady math rock, funk and absurdist blues. They were joined on stage by JACK Quartet for two collaborative numbers: the sprawling, cinematic Lost In Splendor and the driving show-closer Salad Days.
Rinde Eckert - Of Wood and Bone
Steven Mackey - String Theory
Like An Animal
Lost In Splendor (with JACK Quartet)
Salad Days (with JACK Quartet)
Q2 Music is the digital venue for the Ecstatic Music Festival 2013 and will be the center for live webcasts and on-demand show audio.