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The Bowed Piano Ensemble is best observed from a sky-cam. The group consists of ten musicians who are affiliated with Colorado College in Colorado Springs; they're under the command of Stephen Scott, an instructor at the school who's internationally renowned not only for his intriguing modern-classical compositions but also for the manner in which they're brought to life -- by collaborators who physically pluck, caress or stroke the strings of an open piano. Describing the process can make Scott's methodology seem like a stunt, but the sound itself is extraordinarily rich and complex, as if an entire orchestra is lurking inside of a single instrument. The act's two performances this week -- 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. Saturday, April 28 -- are benefits for the Pioneers Museum, 215 South Tejon Street in Colorado Springs, where the shows will take place; they are scheduled to include the world premiere of Scott's "Vocalise on 'In a Silent Way,'" featuring soprano Victoria Hansen Clamp, as well as renditions of such Scott staples as "Vikings of the Sunrise." Your eyes won't believe what your ears are hearing.
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Michael Roberts has written for Westword since October 1990, serving stints as music editor and media columnist. He currently covers everything from breaking news and politics to sports and stories that defy categorization.
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