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2000 Tour: Improvised Peaces / Playing TogetherWith the offbeat name "?/," (Q slash C if you prefer), an all-star lineup and a repertoire that mixes a wide range of elements including music, performance poetry, chants, comedy and improvisation, the group is nothing if not unconventional. The group's third Texas tour from December 28-30 includes performances in Austin, San Antonio and Temple.
Performances by the group draw strong praise from both critics and audiences. Audience praise of last year's tour included "dynamic (and) energizing" (Morrie Green). The Austin American Statesman featured the Austin performance in their Best of the Rest section. The Downtown Music Gallery described one of the albums by members of the ensemble as " ...bizarre and challenging...". The Washington Review noted "the result falls outside the traditional concert - it is vocal theater, a celebration of the voice as a direct line to all the apparitions and emotions that make up experience...sentence fragments, repeated syllables, seductive hisses, whispers are the language of populations, ancient and familiar."
The performances will also benefit the Palestinian and Israeli arts. Instead of charging admission, the members of the group --in what they are calling Bagism-- will circulate during performance among members of the audience to collect donations for both Palestinian and Israeli arts.
The title of the tour, "IMPROVISING PEACES/PLAYING TOGETHER", comes from the image of people, both in crisis abroad and in our own divisive society, working and playing in peace. The interactions in the movement and music suggest models and metaphors for people coming together in art and in life.