Experimental pop concert part of The Center OnTheGo series in Grass Valley
Join The Center OnTheGo series at The Plaza Gallery Thursday for !mindparade, an American experimental pop project based in Portland, Oregon. Opening is local band My Dallas Teens, who call themselves “Psychedelic Rock from Motherloading Gold Country.”
Brainchild of multi-instrumentalist Alex Arnold, !mindparade combines artpop, avant-rock, psychedelia, mathrock, post punk, drone/ambient and other genres in explorations of song arc. Arnold is constantly writing and self-producing at his home studio, resulting in albums that feature varied musical personnel and stylistic tendencies. Arnold has also collaborated in studio with musicians such as Diane Coffee and opened for groups such as The Wailers (Bob Marley) and Les Rhinocerous (from John Zorn’s Tzadik label).
“The creations that escape the mind of Bloomington, Indiana based musician Alex Arnold are far from vintage psych duplicates. After growing up on a steady selection of earlier prog greats such as Frank Zappa, Pink Floyd and Yes, and venturing into personal appreciation for modern/post-modern classical composers like Debussy, along with avant-garde jazz greats such as Ornette Coleman, one becomes curious imagining the sonic complexities that formulate from such eclectic tastes. Following his experiments with musical computer manipulation techniques in his teens, Alex went on to study music theory and earn a B.A. in Music Composition, focusing on avant-garde composition techniques, electronic music, and orchestral writing. After listening to his newest album Dead Mystics (which was released last month) from his aptly named experimental project !mindparade, the feeling that I’ve been given a peek into the thoughts of a mad genius cannot be denied. No re-hash here.” — Psychosparkle
Doors open at 7 p.m. with the show starting at 8 p.m. at 988 Plaza Drive, Grass Valley. Tickets are $10 students, $12 members and $15 general public. For more information call 530-274-8384 or go to http://www.thecenterforthearts.org/event/mindparade.
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