Tonight in Harvard Square's Oberon Theater, Jaggery will perform as one of the acts in a performance called Org: Last Day on Earth which has a theme somewhat related to the Mayan version of the Y2K bug.
As tongue-in-cheek concepts like joking about the end-of-days have become as ironic as an ingrown toenail, it's important to remember that music, if not the medium, can always be worth venturing the unknown for.
If a volcano the size of Rhode Island started to erupt, I wouldn't go and see Jaggery tonight, but under any other circumstances, seeing them is a delight. At the center is the mercurial magesty of Singer Mail (piano/vocals), who is not so much mercurial for her moods as in the conventional sense of the expression, but more for the molten metallic drip that her vocal phrasings weave around the rhythms of the music.
Jaggery's most recent release, Private Violence (EP), takes us through 5 tracks of progressive but elegant chamber rock. Most tracks are filled ably by the five piece band such as the sneaky, trickling "Trouble" (highlighted by wonderful bow scraping and a nice payoff when the full band kicks in). But my favorite is the sterling "Hostage Heart," which features the accompaniment of small orchestra. Listen to how Singer Mali's simple piano figure becomes increasingly swept-up with a sequence of orchestral counterpoints and a melody that glides wickedly through a range that is as vastly as it is cleverly tight. The large ensemble breathes nicely through a piece of work worth shelling the extra studio time on. You don't have to be classically inclined, but it sure doesn't hurt.
The world will not end, but if it does, think....this is the last review you'll ever read. Not too shabby?
"Org: Last Day on Earth"
with Walter Sickert & the Army of Broken Toys,
Michael J. Epstein & Sophia Cacciola, Aimee Rose Ranger,
Johnny Blazes, Janaka Stucky, April Ranger, Diana Loan,
Alexander Nemser, Natasha Sorokin, The Wondertwins
MC'd by Jade Sylvan
OBERON, Harvard Sq
Thursday 12/21, 9PM
Table Seats: $20 advance, $25 Day of;
Standing Room: $15 advance, $20 day of
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