Praised for their "taut compositions with a stunning improvisational sense" (Time Out Chicago) and their "intricate, energetic performances" (New York Times), Loop 2.4.3’s original compositions resonate with the American musical traditions of jazz, rock and roll, and contemporary classical chamber music. Incorporating the span of traditional percussion to innovative electro-acoustic instruments, voices, and strings, their music is most often compared to the voices of Harry Partch, Steve Reich, and Terry Riley, but "warmer, more linear" (NPR) and "much freer and less constrained in their movements" (Alarm Magazine). Loop 2.4.3 is an original voice that “sounds like part of a well-thought-out tradition. Only the tradition has never existed until now" (NPR-Fresh Air).
Loop 2.4.3 has performed with Clogs, Newband (Harry Partch Ensemble), Dafnis Prieto, Belle Orchestre, the Books, Evan Ziporyn, Sufjan Stevens, Shara Worden (My Brightest Diamond, the Decemberists), Joe Morello, their late mentor Robert Hohner, dancer/choreographer Alan Good, director John Jeserun, as soloists with the Brooklyn Philharmonic at the BAM Opera House, and at Times Square in a collaboration with Robert Indiana, Michael McKenzie and Teresa Smith. The duo has toured internationally and performed for radio, theater, and television, including The Learning Channel and MTV. They have appeared at the Sydney Festival, the London Jazz Festival, Merkin Hall, and the Japan Society (NYC) among others.
NEW RELEASE, April 24, 2012: American Dreamland - A portrait of the cultural hodgepodge of American heritage, this 3rd album of percussion-based Loop 2.4.3 begins as a nihilistic snapshot of the postmodern psyche, flashes back to childhood, and journeys through moments of isolation, anger and turmoil, love, tenderness, and nostalgia. From the dark, surreal world of Edgar Allan Poe, to the rebellious freedom of Easy Rider; from the ancient, desolate plains of Minnesota to the post-industrial streets of Brooklyn, Baltimore, and Detroit, this is honest music, drawing on a wide range of written and improvised styles, yet impervious to genre-specific expectations or limitations.
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Please see www.loop243.com
Rachael Elliott is the bassoonist and improviser in Clogs and a performer specializing in contemporary music. She recently appeared with Clogs at the Barbican Centre’s Steve Reich festival in London and Merkin Hall’s Ecstatic Music Festival in New York City, with collaborators including Lisa Kaplan (eighth blackbird), Nico Muhly, Shara Worden and Sufjan Stevens. In the past season, Rachael premiered music by Padma Newsome, Bryce Dessner, Thomas L. Read, and a new solo for bassoon and electronics by Alex Kotch. Current season highlights include the premiere of a new concerto for clarinet, bassoon and strings by Don Jamison with the Burlington Chamber Orchestra, and performances throughout the US in support of her debut bassoon CD, Polka the Elk.
As a founding member of Clogs, Rachael has produced five albums and toured throughout the United States, Europe and Australia, sharing the stage with musicians such as Laurie Anderson, Bell Orchestre, The Books, Terry Riley and The National. Her additional chamber music activities include Tuple bassoon duo, Heliand Consort and the Vermont Contemporary Music Ensemble.
Please see www.bassoonproject.org
Reviews of Rachael's MSFS release, Polka the Elk:
Polka the Elk was a WQXR / Q2 Album of the Week in autumn 2011
Rachael Elliott CD release concert, 10/27, is a critic's pick in Time Out NY
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