posted March 27, 2008

Electronic Music Pioneers “McLean Mix” to Perform

 Hope College presents the internationally recognized McLean Mix, a husband-wife composer/performer duo, in concert on Thursday, April 10, at 7:30 p.m. in the Knickerbocker Theatre.

The public is invited. Admission is free.

The McLean Mix performance, "Natural Energy," is a live interactive music media concert celebrating Bart McLean's 70th birthday. The duo's electronic pieces will include "July Dance," "The Playpen Etudes," "Magic at Xanadu," "Xakaalawe" and "Natural Energy."

The McLeans' unusual approach to music has led them on world-wide tours for more than 15 years after they both left careers at major universities. They are classically trained musicians and composers who are exploring new ways of integrating thematic interests into their performances.

They work in the areas of audience interactive installations, or "creative playpens," through use of technology, present concerts and lecture/performances, make extensive use of visual media, and create specific thematic content drawing from sources such as intriguing experimental techniques, world music, and sounds of nature.

"The New York Times" described their performance as "a strange but intriguing aural and visual experience."

The Knickerbocker Theatre is located downtown Holland at 86 E. Eighth St..