Where do you file a band that blends electronics with string and wind instruments in a soft, hazy, occasionally ecstatic vibe? Indie? Ambient? New Music? David Moore, the pianist and creative force behind Bing and Ruth, likes to call it "quiet music." For music that seems custom built for a cozy evening in front of the fireplace (or whatever you might have in fire-code-happy NYC), it was impressive to see Littlefield packed this past Friday night with so many close listeners - including more than a few snuggling couples.
"I think this is the latest we've ever played," Moore said from the stage while introducing the seven-piece band. (Opening was Christopher Tignor, who sang over his own violin and electronics à la Owen Pallett.)
After not having heard Bing and Ruth in these parts since 2009 - David has been busy playing in Langhorne Slim's band - the set was both a trip down memory lane and all-too-short. Fortunately, I'll get to see them again in two weeks down in Knoxville, Tennessee, during the fourth Big Ears Festival. What's that, you say? Check out this lineup.
More pics on the photo page.