Mercury Soul's "Burlesque & Beats" is a gorgeous, multimedia-infused concert, stylishly and fluidly uniting the worlds of classical music and EDM/electronica with elements of the 1920s French underground music and culture, including burlesque, cabaret, and vaudeville.
The program will feature classical works performed by the musicians of Classical Revolution, including Darius Milhaud’s surrealist ballet, Le Boeuf sur le Toit (The Ox on the Roof), named after the Parisian cabaret bar where it was premiered in 1920; Kurt Weill’s Kleine Dreigroschenmusik, an instrumental suite he wrote based on the legendary Three Penny Opera; 3 MOB Pieces by living composer HK Gruber (greatly inspired by Weill); and two pieces by Jean Françaix: Le Gay Paris, and L’Heure du Berger, the latter of which consists of character sketches of Parisian café culture.
Additionally, guitarist freddy clarke and the Campfire Quartet will perform gypsy cabaret tunes, and Burlesque performer Lula Applebruise will perform to one of the classical’s sauciest arias: “Habañera” from Carmen. The evening will also feature the extraordinary talents of aerialist and violinist Shaina K. Evoniuk and aerialist Micah Walters, with French house and beyond being spun by DJ Masonic (Mason Bates), DJ Justin Reed, and DJ Nate Manic.
The show will connect classical music, cabaret, and modern club culture with electro-acoustic interludes composed specifically for the show by acclaimed Bay Area composer/DJ Mason Bates. These “mercury interludes” are the moments when DJs and classical musicians come together to bridge the gap between new and old, cutting-edge and traditional.
(DJ sets are performed before and after each classical set)
DJ Set 1 feat. aerialist/violinist improv
Classical Set 1
•Weill: Kleine Dreigroschenmusik,
instrumental suite based on Three Penny Opera
•Françaix: Le Gay Paris
DJ Set 2
Classical Set 2
•Françaix: L’heure du Berger
•Bizet: Carmen Suite (Introduction and Habañera)
with Burlesque performer Lula Applebruise
DJ Set 3 feat. pole dancer
Classical Set 3
•Various Gypsy Cabaret feat. Freddy Clarke and the Campfire Quartet
•HK Gruber: 3 MOB pieces
DJ Set 4 feat violinist/aerialist improv
Classical Set 4
•Darius Milhaud: Le Boeuf sur le Toit
Post party with DJ Nate Manic
Curated and led by Mason Bates, Mercury Soul’s pulsing, immersive evening is enhanced by dazzling lighting and projections. Performing to packed houses 2008, the project has toured to some of the leading orchestras and clubs around the country. Mercury Soul created multiple shows for the Chicago Symphony; four sold-out shows with the New World Symphony; and a sold-out show with the Pittsburgh Symphony at the club Static. In recent years, Mercury Soul has focused on events at the Kennedy Center in D.C. as well around the San Francisco Bay Area, with resoundingly successful shows at SF’s Ruby Skye and DNA Lounge, where they launched their educational program.