Cantaloupe Music isnt a household word. But the adventurous, avant label does have some big names on its roster: Laurie Anderson, Aphex Twin, Don Byron, Brian Eno, Steve Reich and Terry Riley are just a few of the artists whove recorded for Cantaloupe. The stable of musicians it represents on CD is both agreeably non-repetitive and sonically inventive which these days is not just a rarity, but practically unheard of.
All good reasons to attend the two-night Mile High Voltage Festival, which begins tonight at 7:30 p.m. in Gates Concert Hall at the University of Denvers Newman Center for the Performing Arts, 2344 East Iliff Avenue, and continues at the same time tomorrow. Featuring varied performances by such Cantaloupe artists as the West African world electronica combo Burkina Electric, Bang on a Can All-Stars veteran Evan Ziporyn, the hard-to-pigeonhole Sö Percussion quartet and others, as well as DUs own resident contemporary chamber ensemble, the Playground, its a memorable glimpse into the outer reaches of modern music that you can observe either in the concert hall or by live simulcast from the Internet-ready Cantaloupe Cafe, where food and drink will be served.
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Admission is $15 to $18 nightly or $25 to $38 for a festival pass; get information and tickets at www.newmancenterpresents.com or call 303-871-7720.
Fri., Feb. 19, 7:30 p.m.; Sat., Feb. 20, 7:30 p.m., 2010