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Rock: Post-Rock/Experimental Classical: Contemporary Moods: Type: Improvisational Moods: Type: Instrumental Classical: Percussion Ensemble

By Location
United States - NY - New York City United States - New York

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Loop 2.4.3

Loop 2.4.3 creates original music steeped in percussion and electronics. Upon release of the debut album in 2007, NPR called Loop 2.4.3 an original voice that "sounds like part of a well-thought-out tradition. Only the tradition has never existed until now." This idea of simultaneous familiarity and experimentation has been at the heart of Loop 2.4.3 since its inception in 2004. Loop's founder, percussionist/composer Thomas Kozumplik (also a member of Clogs), has created a flexible ensemble that rotates players and varies in size, but a powerful sense of exploration and freedom is constant.

Praised for "taut compositions with a stunning improvisational sense" (Time Out Chicago) and "intricate, energetic performances" (New York Times), Loop 2.4.3's compositions are rooted in the classical chamber music tradition. However, the music has an undeniable psychedelic edge with strong improvisatory jazz and rock foundations. Incorporating a full range of traditional percussion and innovative electro-acoustic instruments, voices, strings, and found sounds, the music embraces the notion of journeyed story-telling -- creating a kind of alternate universe. Loop 2.4.3's concerts and recordings are an immersive experience.

In 2009, Loop 2.4.3 released Zodiac Dust, which received wide college and listener-supported radio play. The music spurred collaborations with Dafnis Prieto in NYC, and Bryce Dessner at the Barbican in London as part of the festival, Reverberations: the influence of Steve Reich. The group continued to collaborate with an off-beat community in the New York underground, including performance artist, singer, and puppeteer, James Godwin; poet and improvising musician/performer, Tom Burnett; and painter/visual artist, Jon Waldo.

Described as "brand-new yet iconic" (Gramophone) and "a refreshing combination of rigor, complexity and force" (The Big City), 2012's contemporary song cycle American Dreamland prompted collaborations with operatic baritone Scott Bearden, indie rock starlet Shara Warden, and new music guitar hero Jon Catler (veterean of La Monte Young's Forever Blues Band). Dreamland was Loop 2.4.3's most ambitious set to date, and it's cross-over influence and appeal was noted by critics as "attractive and exciting...the band clearly has a lot of power that they keep just under the surface, giving them a slight flavor of threat that there should be a hell of a lot more of in rock and pop music" (The Big City).