ARTSwego concert to premiere tour

ARTSwego will hold it’s last big concert in Waterman Theatre before it undergoes renovations with Kaki King and ETHEL.

On March 26 the two groups will come together to premiere their live collaboration at Oswego State, according to John Shaffer, director of arts programming for ARTSwego.

“We started to think about bringing them here a year ago,” Shaffer said.

Shaffer hailed Kaki King an “amazing guitarist” who is “constantly evolving” her work. He explained that ETHEL, a string quartet, had worked with Kaki King on an album titled ‘Glow’ which was released in 2012.

Shaffer said Kaki King has been “recognized as one of ‘The New Guitar Gods’ by Rolling Stone.” The artist has performed with groups including The Foo Fighter and on the soundtrack of films such as Twilight and Into the Wild.

The focal point of the program is a version of Bach’s Brandenburg Concerto No. 6, which Shaffer described as “groundbreaking” and re-imagined. The show also will include Kaki King’s original works and finish up with the world premiere of a composition by Serbian composer Aleksandra Vrebalov, written for ETHEL and Kaki King.

Shaffer said that the performance will kick off a tour that then heads to Los Angeles, CAalif.where they will perform for the University of California, Los Angeles.

“I think that this is a really neat thing,” Shaffer said.