Arts, Dining & Entertainment

Part of U.S. tour, Cordis stops in Castleton

Thursday, Oct. 13 at 7 p.m.—CASTLETON—Think Igor Stravinsky meets Sigur Ros — if these two musical forces could start a band together, the sound would bear a striking, sonic resemblance to the work of chamber music mavericks Cordis. Cordis will embark on part one of its U.S. tour, including a concert in the Casella Theater in Castleton, on Thursday, Oct. 13 at 7 p.m. Other stops include New York City, Boston and Atlanta.
Cordis is a contemporary and progressive chamber music group originally from Boston. This group distinguishes their performance by delivering their music via a fusion of traditional, custom-made, and ethnic musical instruments. Their music is recognized for being easy to appreciate by all types of audiences, which means that one does not need a musical background to enjoy it. Their sounds are known to be eclectic, avant-garde, and accessible 21st Century chamber music. Their signature sound is the brilliant achievement of expanding the boundaries of classical chamber music and connecting with the audience via mix of traditional classical instruments and non-traditional ones. In addition to the cello, the piano, and percussion, there are a variety of drums, the electric cimbalom, and one-of-a-kind creations like electric mbiras, modified typewriters, pitched wind tubes, 19th-century talking machines and the world’s longest-playing, cylinder-driven music box into performances. The four-man band features electric cimbalomist (and founder/principal composer) Richard Grimes; multi-percussionist Andrew Beall; electro-acoustic cellist Jeremy Harman; and pianist/keyboardist Dan Padgett. Together, they are considered to be innovators in this post-rock rendering of chamber music and the unique sound framed around founding member Richard Grimes’ self-created, electric cimbalom.
“Look, we all come from an indie and punk background, but the fact is music as we know it has been shifting and evolving since the advent of the tempered scale,” says multi-percussionist Andrew Beall.
Tickets for this event are $18 for adults and $15 for seniors and alumni, and $12 for students and children. Season tickets are also available at a discounted rate. Purchase tickets at or at the Castleton University box office. Box office hours are Monday-Friday 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m. and one hour prior to each performance. Doors open 30 minutes prior to each performance and all seating is general admission.
For more information, call 802-468-1119.

Photo courtesy of Castleton University

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