Mondavi Center

Pianist Lara Downes, Build member Matt McBane to host online chat

By From page A7 | February 28, 2013

The Mondavi Center for will host an online Google+ Hangout with pianist Lara Downes and Matt McBane of the indie-classical band Build at 1 p.m. Tuesday, March 5.

The Hangout will be an intimate conversation between Downes and McBane and online participants regarding the upcoming collaboration “Moving in Place,” which will premiere at the Mondavi Center at 8 p.m. Saturday, March 23, and 2 p.m. Sunday, March 24.

“My partnership with Matt McBane and Build is based on our shared interest in musical fluidity between traditionally separate genres,” said Downes, who is a longtime Davis resident and a Mondavi Center artist-in-residence. “Although Build’s music lives in an indie-classical/pop territory, and mine exists in an area that encompasses classical and jazz elements, our respective landscapes converge in this project. I hope many people will join us to talk about the importance of place in music, whether familiar or unknown.”

A Google+ Hangout is a user-driven video chat where participants can engage with the artists or simply watch the conversation on www.youtube.com/mondavicenter. For directions on participating, visit www.mondaviarts.org/hangout. You can also ask the artists questions in advance by joining the event at www.plus.google.com/mondavicenter and posting your questions on the event page.

Tickets for the March 23-24 performaces by Downes and Build in the Mondavi Center’s Vanderhoef Studio Theatre are $38 general and $19 for students, and are on sale at www.mondaviarts.org and 530-754-2787.

Jeff Hudson

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