Goldberg's Variations at Brooklyn Academy of Music

10/17/13 through 10/19/13 30 Lafayette Ave. Map

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An early bird pulls on a string (mistaken for a worm), which shoots a pistol, which bursts a bag, which drips water on a man, who gradually wakes up... The absurdist inventions of Pulitzer Prize-winning cartoonist Rube Goldberg (1883-1970) -- which include such contraptions as the Simple Alarm Clock, the Modest Mosquito Bite Scratcher, and a ridiculously complex method for lighting a cigar in a speeding car -- come to life in composer, musician, and filmmaker Andy Biskin's Goldberg's Variations. In a series of droll black-and-white animations based on Goldberg's original illustrated designs, Biskin sets apparatus after apparatus in motion to the sounds of his whimsical original score. Performed by an all-star sextet featuring Biskin on clarinet, the music channels early jazz, vaudeville, and Looney Tunes-style mayhem to add tongue-in-cheek drama to these masterstrokes of ingenuity and wit.

Venue Description: A multi-arts center located in Brooklyn, offering theater, dance, music, opera, film, and more from emerging artists and innovative modern masters.

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