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Cordis Ensemble Performs NYC + Boston Debuts April 5 + 6
(Published: March 21, 2012)

NYC Debut When: Thursday, April 5th @ 7:30pm Where: Le Poisson Rouge, 158 Bleecker St., New York City; Train: A/B/C/D/E/F/V to West 4th St. Tickets: $15 Advance. $20 at Door. To purchase, call 212.505.FISH or visit http://www.lprnyc.com.
Boston Debut When: Friday, April 6th @ 7:00pm Where: Alfond Auditorium at Museum of Fine Arts, 465 Huntington Ave., Boston; Train: Green to MFA. Tickets: $12. To purchase, call 617.267.9300 or visit http://www.mfa.org.

"...expanding the boundaries of chamber music." - Time Out New York
"...immediately distinctive!" - Star-Ledger
"...sparking moments that defy classification." - Billboard Magazine
New York City, NY (For Release 3.5.12) --- Known for its signature, eclectic sound, the critically acclaimed chamber ensemble, CORDIS, makes its New York City and Boston debuts April 5th and 6th, respectively. Led by world renowned composer/cimbalomist Richard Grimes, CORDIS is made up of the dynamic energy of electric cellist Jeremy Harman, pianist Brian O'Neill, percussionist Andrew Beall, and the primitive craft of customized, global instruments including the electric mbira, the melodica, the hammered-dulcimer-esque stringed instrument called the cimbalom (both traditional and electric), and the world's longest playing music box cylinder-driven music box.
By fusing traditional and specially made ethnic instruments, CORDIS showcases a unique perspective on 21st century chamber music. "We offer an intriguing mix of instrumentation from vintage keyboards to one-of-a-kind indigenous percussion," explains Grimes.

"By redefining the makeup of a chamber group, we're creating this whole new, uncategorical sound."
The program consists mainly of new works by Grimes peppered with selections by Philip Glass, Chick Corea and Igor Stravinsky. Grimes is a prominent composer for the cimbalom, having written the entire catalogue of repertoire for Cordis, several pieces of solo cimbalom literature, and two method books for the cimbalom (Bachovich Press).
About CORDIS CORDIS is an eclectic ensemble that features an electric and acoustic mix of cello (Jeremy Harman), piano/ keyboards (Brian O'Neill), cimbalom (Richard Grimes), and percussion (Andrew Beall). For over a decade, CORDIS has been performing throughout the world in venues ranging from theatres to festivals and clubs. The educational component of the band's touring schedule includes countless master classes at US colleges and universities and outreach activities for literally thousands of children throughout North America. CORDIS is currently working closely with LehrerDance on a new collaborative project entitled "Kaliedescopika." www.cordismusic.com
About Richard Grimes Composer/concert cimbalomist Richard Grimes specializes in contemporary orchestral and chamber repertoire for the instrument. Since 1999, Grimes has performed extensively throughout North America with Symphony Orchestras (cwww.concertcimbalom.com) and with CORDIS. In addition to writing repertoire for the instrument, Grimes has also authored the book Gypsy Son: The Evolution of the Concert Cimbalom, which chronicles the divergent paths of the classical and gypsy concert cimbalom performance practices throughout the 20th Century. After receiving his Bachelor of Music Performance from Peabody Conservatory/Johns Hopkins University, Grimes graduated from Yale with a Masters in Music Performance and subsequently from New York University with a Ph.D. in Music Performance and Composition. Grimes currently serves as the Executive Director of the American Concert Cimbalom Festival held in Boston each summer.

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More Information: http://www.cordismusic.com

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