April 29, 2012
Glenn Cornett's New Spectrum Loft
Lara Downes and BUILD
This was an intimate concert at Glenn Cornett’s loft space. I was pleased to be there to hear Lara on piano and my friend, Matt McBane’s BUILD. Both a first for me. Lara opened the evening playing six of “Thirteen Ways of Looking at Goldberg Variations.” The first was the standard “Aria” and the others were variations by Jennifer Higdon, Bright Sheng, Lukas Foss, Mischa Zupko and Fred Hirsch. All lovely. She told us that she and Matt are working on common interest project about Place - physical, emotional, past and present of which the next pieces are a part. She performed “Prelude in D” by Lukas Foss inspired by a street corner and she and Matt performed Matt’s composition, “Level” which I particularly liked. Then a quiet Cage piece, “Dreams” and BUILD entered with some of their music from both their earlier CD and two really new pieces, one yet unnamed and “56” (7 x 8). BUILD consists of Matt McBane, violin; Adam Gold, drums; Andrea Lee, cello; Ben Campbell, bass; and Mike Cassedy, piano.