How does one describe the sound of something? The energy and feel of a performance that you may not have seen yet? Well, let's start here: Think 20th century. Think Steinbeck, industrial print presses, and Jack the Ripper. Imagine a hint of 20’s flare with a light dusting of the blues. Think sleeping out under the stars, traveling fairs and carnivals, wax seals, and ribbons. That begins to set the tone for Troupe Carnivàle’s debut album, "Skaal Krush".
Jackie Jae and Jason Cowsill have clearly drawn from some diverse stylistic elements in writing "Skaal Krush"; mixing folk with the blues and a unique blend of carnival-esque interpretations of alt-country, they’ve created a subversive, somewhat anti-Nashville vibe that’s altogether addictive. But don’t assume this album is a throwback to bygone eras. While many of the songs seem retrogressive, it’s very much part of the here and now.
Listen to it with a glass of wine and the lights low. Listen to it while driving through the rain. Put it on an old stereo and absorb it through a pair of headphones. And then listen to your instinct that says, "Listen to it again."
We managed to get a few videos from the previous couple shows. Check out our youtube page at http://www.youtube.com/user/jcowsill to see them. Comments and feedback are always welcome!
Troupe Carnivàle will be performing along with TWO OTHER GUEST ORCHESTRAS: Mood Area 52 and Betty and the Boy, and GUEST CIRCUS ARTIST: Raymond Silos from Miami, on October 21 & 22. Additional details and tickets can be found on Ballet Fantastique’s website.
Escape with choreographer-producers Donna Marisa and Hannah Bontrager’s all-new ballet to the world of a 1930′s Depression-era circus in Cirque de la Lune. In this ballet filled with the exotic and unexpected, Donna and Hannah bring the dramatic dancers of Ballet Fantastique together with three guest orchestras and international circus aerialist Raymond Silos. Don’t miss the texture, illusion, faded grandeur, and romance of the “Cirque,” set to the haunting and mischievous music of Troupe Carnivàle, Mood Area 52, and Betty and the Boy.
“Brilliant…brilliant…brilliant…brilliant…dare I say it again, brilliant.” —Register-Guard
Saturday, Oct. 20 7:30 pm
Sunday, Oct. 21 2:30 pm
Soreng Theater, Hult Center
Get Cirque tickets now
(Single tickets on sale Sept. 13)