Talea Ensemble at Radcliffe

The “uncanny valley” is that strange space between human and not, the point at which an entity is almost human but something is wrong. Something vital is missing, or something that isn’t supposed to be present is there. Steven Kazuo Takasugi’s “Sideshow,” for amplified octet and electronics, had its US premiere on Tuesday night at the Radcliffe Institute, where the composer is a fellow. His piece inhabited this bizarre abyss, glorifying in grotesquerie from the moment the lights came up, revealing eight musicians stretching their mouths into a Coney Island funny face’s sinister grin.

Read the rest over at the Globe!


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