“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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richard grimes
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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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Supply, North Carolina

October 1 | 7:30 pm

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Conway, South Carolina

October 2 | 4:00 am

Falany

Waleska, Georgia

October 3 | 7:30 pm

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Atlanta, Georgia

October 4 | 8:00 am

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Institute, West Virginia

October 5 | 7:00 pm

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New York City

October 6 | 8:00 pm

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Durham, New Hampshire

October 11 | 7:00 pm

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Boston, MA (TBA)

October 12 | 8:00 pm

castleton

Castleton, Vermont

October 13 | 7:00 pm

TheCenter

Hardwick, Massachusetts

October 14 | 8:00 pm