Smooth jazz is often considered to be the sound of sophistication, unlike rough jazz, which is the sound of Louis Armstrong blasting chili out of his trumpet. Explore other intriguing variations with this GrouponLive deal to see The News by JacobTV, A Reality Opera, presented by Fulcrum Point New Music Project at Park West on Friday, May 4. Choose between the following options:
- For $10, you get one general-admission ticket (up to a $21 value, including all fees).
- For $72, you get a reserved booth for four (up to a $145 value, including all fees).<p>
For either option, choose between the 6 p.m. and 9 p.m. shows.
Dutch multimedia composer JacobTV’s The News remixes the talking heads that populate our squawk boxes into a jazzy, 90-minute “reality opera” in 36 parts. Built from chopped, looped, and distorted video snippets from personalities ranging from President Obama to presidential hopeful Lady Gaga, the piece coagulates into an eviscerating examination of TV journalism. Soundbites from Paris Hilton, Sarah Palin, Vladimir Putin, and the pope play over scenes from Occupy Wall Street and the Arab Spring as neon words flash onscreen. Meanwhile, two jazz vocalists act as anchorwomen, and a small ensemble of instrumentalists from Chicago’s own Fulcrum Point New Music Project threads ghostly saxophone and clarinet cadences through the Technicolor noise.
Park West’s giant video screens and A/V system designed for multimedia performances make an apt technological match for the production. As the spectacle unfolds onstage, its candle-topped tables and a back-of-theater bar let guests be unsettled by the show in comfort.