[caption id="attachment_2739" align="alignright" width="220" caption="F.A.M.E."][/caption]It's the OBF's fortieth anniversary, but here's another: the Bach Remix turns five, with a new identity as a showcase for innovative performers and as a benefit for Eugene-area music students. Headline performers are F.A.M.E. (Fresh Analog Music Experience), a Bay Area collective of hip hop producers/scratch DJs; new music ensemble Beta Collide; and local scratch DJs Celsius and Connah Jay.
Bach Remix 5 takes place Thursday June 24th at the area's newest nightclub, Cowfish, located at 62 W. Broadway. All proceeds from the door charge ($2 suggested cover) will benefit music scholarships at Arts Umbrella. Doors open at 9 p.m. and the show starts at 10 p.m.
Arts Umbrella, which got its start in 1934, is a local non-profit organization devoted to enhancing the Eugene/Springfield arts community—from music to dance to theater—by offering financially accessible and high quality curriculum to talented youth in the area.
Musically, this edition of the Remix fully departs from its first incarnation as a competition to a fully-fledged showcase for nationally and internationally recognized talent.
F.A.M.E. has performed across the country, including a recent gig at the Monterey Jazz Festival. Its members Teeko, Max Kane, and Malaguti use analog turntables that play the full range of notes and scales, synthesizers, and drum machines to create a blend of original funk and hip hop inspired compositions.
“It's going to be something different that people have never seen, a very electric style with a fusion of a lot of different genres of music,” said Kane, “but we like to make our music 'epic' with tension and release. It's a new approach of how to use the turntable and drum machines and rock them live.”
Beta Collide will perform 12 pieces written just for the Remix by composers as far flung as Chicago, New York, and Mexico City, as well as Eugene (Christian Cherry, Jeff Stolet, and Robert Ponto). Collide’s electro-acoustic set will combine live playing with a fixed pre-recorded track, and feature Grammy Award-winning flutist Molly Barth, Idit Shner (sax), Tyler Abbott (bass), and Michael Ward-Bergeman, a London-based accordionist who has frequently collaborated with classical stalwarts Osvaldo Golijov and Dawn Upshaw.
“Beta Collide has this cool role and identity of a project that transcends chamber music,” said Brian McWhorter, who will be on trumpet for the night. “It's like a meta-art-project that deep down is not just interested in concerts, but also interested in the new fluid nature of artistic collisions.”
Eugene-based DJs/producers Connah Jay and Celsius, both past Remix participants, open the show. Eugene’s newest nightclub, Cowfish is musically and visually eclectic and a perfect setting for the Remix. “Cowfish seeks to support creative DJing,” said Shawn Mediaclast, Cowfish co-owner, “and the Bach Remix is one of the premier events in our area that demonstrates the best of what have become cultural traditions: hip-hop, turntablism and the remix culture in a broad sense.”
The Bach Remix began in 2006 as part of the Oregon Bach Festival's attempt to expose younger audiences to the music of Bach by synthesizing his music with the art of the scratch DJ. It has evolved from a DJ battle into a performance venue merging contemporary original compositions with Bach’s music and creative spirit.