Thursday 17 Apr

Odyssey of the mind

Jacob Fred Jazz Odyssey 

with Culture Cinematic and ADDverse Effects

9 p.m. Friday

Twisted Root Gallery

3012 N. Walker Ave.



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Frndz with benefits

Boyfrndz with Bored Wax and The Hitt Boyz

9 p.m. Sunday

Blue Note Lounge

2408 N. Robinson Ave.



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Saddle up

Horse Thief with Deerpeople and Pageantry

8:30 p.m. Friday

ACM@UCO Performance Lab

329 E. Sheridan Ave.



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High heaven

Glow God with Weed, Feral Future and Power Pyramid

7 p.m. Friday

Capitol House


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Darkened tones

Chevelle with Nothing More and Middle Class Rut

6:30 p.m. Monday

Diamond Ballroom

8001 S. Eastern Ave.



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Ethel' Oshtali: Music for String Quartet

None July 22nd, 2010

Written entirely by students of Ada's Chickasaw Summer Arts Academy in 2008-09, "Oshtali: Music for String Quartet" is an album of classical arrangements performed by Ethel, an acclaimed, contemporary New York string quartet that's performed and recorded with a bevy of renowned orchestral acts and pop artists.

The 16-song album was recorded at Oklahoma City University's Wanda L. Bass School of Music and released on June 29. Despite the wide range of themes it explores, the disc is remarkably cohesive.

The student composers were all 13-21 years old, but describing the songs as "mature" undercuts the sophistication of the arrangements and the precise nature of the tracks' voicing and instrumentation.

Together, the pieces sound like a movie score, with each of the 16 scenes highlighting specific ideas and instruments as characters.

Joseph Cruise Berry's tense opener, "Fantasia," is frantic with staccato strings bowed with thrilling syncopations, not unlike the manic music that might underscore a Hitchcockian shower scene.

The long string notes in Katelyn Duty's "Here's the Hurt" play with sorrow and loss, but a dizzying loop of melody creeps in from the periphery as a painful reminder that the heartache was unexpected or tragic' or both.

"Innominate," by Johnothan Bomboy, begins with soft pianos and evolves with low chords and string countermelody. Cellos take over the song near the end, and the tempo ticks up and breaks into an almost pop-rock structure.

"Oshtali" is pretty spectacular from a composition standpoint, with flawless performance and production. It's exciting, new and very contemporary, but none of the arrangements' playfulness approaches novelty' a welcome respite from the no-restraint-whatsoever approach laid to tape by many young musicians and songwriters.

"Oshtali: Music for String Quartet" is $18. For more information, visit "”Joe Wertz
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