Wednesday, June 25

* The Minimalists at Paragraphe Books
* Cinema Politica at Encuentro
* Où sont les femmes? at la Porte Rouge
* For the Record: Tarantino in Concert at Place des Arts
* Beck also plays Place des Arts with Ghost of a Sabre Tooth Tiger

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Today’s Sounds: Aaron Lumley

Wildly popular as a solo instrument since Haydn and cohorts wrote upright bass concertos in the 1700s, the bull fiddle is a most versatile axe. Extended techniques such as percussive tapping and bowing near the bridge can emit everything from canyon-deep echoes to rainbows of shifting harmonics. This enabled modern composers such as Scelsi to write solo works based on a single pitch that rely on the range of sounds a bass can produce to sustain interest.