“cordis makes a strong case for both sides of its musical personality … the group is leading the push to expand the boundaries of chamber music”

— Time Out New York

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Think Igor Stravinsky meets Sigur Ros — if these two musical forces could start a band together, the sound would bear a striking, sonic resemblance to the work of chamber music mavericks, CORDIS. Fusing an original combination of custom-made and traditional, ethnic instruments to create their signature sound for nearly a decade, this sparkling distortion of progressive chamber music is defined by the sound of electric cimbalomist (and founder/composer) Richard Grimes, multi-percussionist Andrew Beall, electro-acoustic cellist Jeremy Harman and pianist/keyboardist Dan Padgett. The Boston-based group borders on a gritty rock/punk aesthetic, but because the members were classically trained and steeped in chamber music, the resulting sound is not postured on loud and fast, but rather more developed and cerebral. CORDIS further crafts their sound by weaving the unlikely timbre of electric mbiras, modified typewriters, pitched wind tubes, 19th- century talking machines and the world’s longest-playing cylinder-driven music box into the mix.

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MUSICA ATHLETICA

cordis and Lehrer Dance combine to form Musica Athletica. Musica Athletica is an innovative experience of sight and sound that combines contemporary dance with live music, creating fully-immersive, multi-sensory experiences unlike any other you’ve ever experienced.

KALEIDESCOPIKA

Part of the Le Cirque Esprit’s production cordis and the cirque troupe The Muse Brooklyn combine to present Kaleidescopika. Experience a show as unique as its name… Kaleidescopika is an extraordinary production of spectacular, unique music and jaw dropping cirque performers. Splashed with dramatic lighting, wondrous music fills the room while dazzling cirque performers and aerialists spin about the stage in magnificent athleticism.

NUTCRACKER D’CIRQUE

Part of the Le Cirque Esprit’s production cordis and the cirque troupe The Muse Brooklyn combine to present Nutcracker D’Cirque. Nutcracker D’Cirque casts a thrilling new light on E.T.A. Hoffman’s classic holiday tale, The Nutcracker. Masters of the unexpected, cordis, provide a brilliant live re-imagination of Tchaikovsky’s classic score, as dramatic cirque characters bring the timeless story to life.

The talents of cordis cannot be contained within a single concert tour or CD. Be sure to look for these amazing and unique performances coming to a theatre near you soon. If you do not see these on your theaters schedule of events, suggest it to the theatre management. These fascinating acts are not to be missed.

cordis Live

Odell

Supply, North Carolina

October 1 | 7:30 pm

Wheelwright

Conway, South Carolina

October 2 | 4:00 am

Falany

Waleska, Georgia

October 3 | 7:30 pm

smith-s-olde-bar

Atlanta, Georgia

October 4 | 8:00 am

WVSUFannin

Institute, West Virginia

October 5 | 7:00 pm

NY

New York City

October 6 | 8:00 pm

UNH

Durham, New Hampshire

October 11 | 7:00 pm

villa-victoria2

Boston, MA

October 12 | 7:00 pm

castleton

Castleton, Vermont

October 13 | 7:00 pm

TheCenter

Hardwick, Massachusetts

October 14 | 8:00 pm