This weekend and week bring some musical greats to Santa Fe, like the Kronos Quartet and Theo Katzman while celebrating our local musical talent with a series of Santa Fe Pro Musica concerts at the Lensic.
Saturday, January 25 & Sunday, January 26
Imaginative possibilities, exotic flavors and rhythmic adventures
Thomas O’Connor, conductor
Jeremy Denk, piano
Saturday at 4:00 PM
Sunday at 3:00 PM
Location: The LENSIC
HAYDN Symphony No. 104 in D Major, Hob. I:104, “London”
MOZART Piano Concerto No. 19 in F Major, K. 459
MELINDA WAGNER Little Moonhead
MENDELSSOHN Piano Concerto No. 1 in G Minor, Op. 25
Tuesday, January 27
Theo Katzman at Meow Wolf
“Modern Johnny is a feeling,” says acclaimed singer-songwriter/multi-instrumentalist Theo Katzman in regards to his forthcoming self-release Modern Johnny Sings: Songs in the Age of Vibe, due out in early 2020. “It’s closer to Vonnegut’s Kilgore Trout than Bowie’s Ziggy Stardust—Modern Johnny represents the journey, the quest, the plight of the singer-songwriter trying to make it in today’s music world.”
Known for his rock-and-roll inspired solo albums, as well as his contributions to internet funk sensation Vulfpeck, Katzman has had this feeling bubbling in the recesses of his mind for some time now, weaving its way through his songwriting process and onto his recordings. The feeling itself is multi-dimensional: it’s a subtle sarcasm, but not at the expense of sincerity; criticism, but not at the expense of joy; character, but not at the expense of vulnerability.
Modern Johnny is not an alter-ego per se, but he and Katzman do have some striking similarities. Both were born in the mid-‘80s, forming their musical identities from the rubble of ‘90s rock radio, the remains of their parents’ record collections, a handful of ‘Greatest Hits’ compilations on Compact Disc, and several hard drives’ worth of miscredited MP3s from Napster. Both arrived in Los Angeles in the mid 2010’s with a “songs-can-change-the-world” attitude, fully expecting to join the Eagles. Both find themselves stumbling through the free market in the age of social, the age of streaming…the Age of Vibe.
Time: 7:00 to 11:00 pm
Thursday, January 30
A Thousand Thoughts: A Live Documentary with the Kronos Quartet7:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 30Lensic Performing Arts Center, 211 W San Francisco St.$29-$115; 505-984-8759, performancesantafe.org
About: The Kronos Quartet’s history and artistic achievements are now being celebrated in A Thousand Thoughts, a live documentary experience with the Kronos Quartet, which is being presented by Performance Santa Fe at the Lensic Performing Arts Center on Thursday, Jan. 30.
This “live documentary” from writer-directors Sam Green and Joe Bini blends live music and narration with archival imagery and video interviews, creating what amounts to a new art form. Not surprisingly, the Kronos quartet’s material is fascinating, but what has been a revelation for audiences and critics is the cumulative impact of the presentation, which achieves a satisfying musical and dramatic arc.