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Glenn Branca Ensemble at Roulette

DSC03261A packed house filled Roulette on Saturday night, where experimental composer/musician Glenn Branca led an ensemble of four electric guitars, bass and drums in two of his works, including "The Light (For David)", written in tribute to his musical hero and sometime collaborator, David Bowie.  The music was, as you might expect, loud, but also surprisingly intricate and complex, with multiple tunings and a wide range of dynamics. Branca himself conducted, flailing his arms around like a man possessed in between swigs from a bottle of unspecified liquid. It felt epic and strange, orchestral and rocking, all at the same time. I'm not sure it's the sort of thing I'd listen to at home - which I'm sure my neighbors would appreciate - but I'm glad I was there. 

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