MOBTOWNmoon: Baltimore’s Journey to the Dark Side. A thrilling new interpretation of Pink Floyd’s classic record.
The groundbreaking 1970s music of progressive rock band Pink Floyd still galvanizes listeners and inspires fellow artists. In honor of the 40th anniversary of the band’s worldwide hit record, Dark Side of the Moon, MOBTOWN MOON has brought together many of Baltimore’s most creative musicians, from across many styles and genres of music, to record and perform a unique, compelling, and unapologetically beautiful interpretation of this classic work. Forty-one individual musicians were involved in the recording, and fifty instrumentalists and singers, including 25 members of the amazing Baltimore Choral Arts Society, performed the work at a premiere event in fall 2013.
This is no mere cover project recreating the original album note-for-note. That’s been done many times before. Instead, MOBTOWNmoon features fresh grooves and eclectic sounds derived from jazz, classical music, choral music, bluegrass, hip-hop and of course rock. These immortal rock-and-roll hits will be heard anew.
Created and produced by the respected writer and musician Sandy Asirvatham in collaboration with award-winning singer/songwriter ellen cherry, MOBTOWN MOON is a dramatic, singer-focused reinterpretation of Dark Side, aimed to highlight the album’s profound messages and hard-won wisdom. The songs from Dark Side take up serious themes of mortality, scarcity, conflict, and madness. MOBTOWN MOON’s version of these songs will highlight these ideas while never losing sight of the sheer cathartic beauty of the music.
Over the years, greater Baltimore has exported many resonant cultural products, including films by John Waters and Barry Levinson, the groundbreaking television of David Simon’s The Wire, and the music of important twentieth-century artists as diverse as Billie Holiday, Cab Calloway, Frank Zappa, and David Byrne. In more recent years, the city has fostered great new artists like Dan Deacon, Animal Collective, and Beach House. Mobtown Moon will serve as yet another unique window onto this fascinating and endlessly fertile city.
The musicians of MOBTOWN MOON released a full-length CD in spring 2013, 40 years after the original album. The CD was widely promoted via local, national, and some international print press, and won several “Best of” Awards here in Baltimore. On September 28, 2013, the magnificent Kraushaar Auditorium (Goucher College) hosted a musically ambitious, visually thrilling premiere performance for nearly 800 fans, young and old.
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