Review: Muse/ique ensemble’s “Human Instrument” concert

Posted on: April 11, 2018

“Come out for an evening of refreshments and entertainment—at a hospital,” writes Tim Greiving in Tuesday’s (4/10) Los Angeles Times. “The invitation came from the Pasadena organization Muse/ique, which organized a concert titled ‘Human Instrument’ at the Huntington Hospital on Sunday night.” Muse/ique, founded by conductor Rachael Worby, presents orchestral concerts and other musical events in a variety of settings. “The show’s theme: music composed and choreographed for the human body…. The ‘extreme body percussion’ ensemble Molodi rattled the temporary stage with a traditional South African gumboot chant…. About 400 people were mostly seated at small lawn tables in the hospital’s south patio…. Rachael Worby, artistic director of Muse/ique, served as emcee … inviting the audience to take three collective deep breaths to start things off. Worby, the former music director of the Pasadena Pops, founded Muse/ique in 2011…. This concert was part of Muse/ique’s ‘Uncorked’ series; the next one will take place on an ice rink … The concert ended with all of the artists providing vocal and body-percussive accompaniment to John Lennon’s ‘Imagine,’ sung by Brandon Takahashi, a member of the Los Angeles Children’s Chorus with a cherubic voice. The audience—using their instruments—sang along.”

Posted April 11, 2018