Sonic Frontiers is thrilled to present notable talent from West Alabama alongside our national and international programming. UNCANNY VALLEY Wednesday, October 30, 2013, 7:30 p.m. UA School of Music – Moody Recital Hall Free Admission Video preview: Composer John Gibson and pianist Oni Buchanan perform “Uncanny Valley,” on Wednesday October 30th at 7:30 p.m. in the Moody Music Building Recital Hall. This event is co-presented with the UA English Department’s Bankhead Visiting Writers Series. Uncanny Valley features a performance of poet Jon Woodward’s serial poem with music by composer John Gibson. Gibson provides a sonic environment for Woodward’s poetry, performed by pianist Oni Buchanan, that reflects the poem’s text in ever-changing ways. Digital samples triggered by the reader enmesh the piano and spoken text with echoes of itself. JUDY DUNAWAY Wednesday, Nov. 20, 2013, 7:30 p.m. UA School of Music – Moody Recital Hall Free Admission Video preview: “Piece for Tenor Balloon” Judy Dunaway performs Wednesday, November 20 at 7:30 p.m. in the Moody Music Building Recital Hall. Boston-based composer/performer Dr.
Although the hip-hop crooner is still new to the scene on paper his sophomore album Kiss Land debuted on Sept. 10 the young audience didnt miss a syllable during his 90-minute set. Audience members didnt flinch at the unedited lesbian pornography looping across the monolithic screens during The Birds Pt. 1, either. But this is what it means to be enveloped by Tesfayes shadowed underworld of drug-fueled nights in the bedroom: Emotions ran rampant as he led the audience through his painful journey. Tesfayes racy lyrics and gorgeously spiraling vocals are his therapy; he works through the grief by letting his escapades free. His shaky but confident vocals resembled Michael Jacksons famous falsetto, and the single Belong to The World carried an incessant beat that stomped all over his pillowed vocals. At times his softer words sank beneath the dominant percussion. The minimal backdrop gave Tesfaye the floor instead of distracting the spellbound fans. The forthright track What You Need was sung alongside a lone guitar much like a poet and his mike. He worked the crowd with pickup lines, spewing lyrics with emphasis or crooning through melting choruses in a sweet falsetto during more tender moments. Jumping between Kiss Land, which debuted at No. 2 on the Billboard charts its first week, and 2012s Trilogy, The Weeknd offered up explicit confessions of frenzied rendezvous. Tesfayes excited outburst, I wanna do sexy things on top of you, Dallas! was followed by the pounding percussive number House of Balloons/Glass Table Girls. The audience followed him all night with no reluctance. A sea of lighters and phones lit up the dim theater for Wicked Games, bringing warmth to the lonely single that helped the star break out in 2010.