When: Tue., May 7, 9 p.m. 2013
The polymorphous pop star Beck Hansen has drifted in recent years, working on other people's music instead of following up 2008's Modern Guilt. After decades of mining electro, country, hip-hop, punk, folk, funk and much more, one wondered if he'd run out of genres to ply. But last year he curated an unexpected remix collection of the music of Philip Glass, and Beck's own 20-minute fantasy, "NYC: 73-78," was an inspired highlight. Riding that tailwind this year, he released his new "album" in an old-fashioned form in our crowdsourced age: sheet music. There are no Beck versions of the songs, but the Song Reader website features rock, folk, jazz and chamber music versions by legions of fans and viral aspirants.
The contemporary classical collective New Music Raleigh will put its energetic ensemble stamp on all 20 of the songs at Kings, with all material arranged by composer Brett William Dietz. The lineup for the evening includes The Old Ceremony leader Django Haskins on vocals, The Beast pianist Eric Hirsh on piano, and New Music Raleigh co-curators Shawn Galvin (percussion) and Karen Strittmatter Galvin (violin). Rounded out with cello and bass, this ensemble sensibly leans toward jazz and pop, providing a different view of these malleable players than the sleek post-minimal engine that so memorably ginned up Terry Riley's classic "In C" at Nightlight last February. —Brian Howe