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“Times Turns Elastic” Revisited

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , on March 25, 2009 by Mr.Miner
10.27.08 (M.Copeland)

10.27.08 Nashville (M.Copeland)

As many of you have heard, Trey will be releasing his orchestral collaboration with Don Hart, “Time Turns Elastic,” as an album on May 21st through his own Rubber Jungle Records.  A press-release from Red Light Management, reprinted yesterday on Glide, detailed the evolutionary process of the piece, and added the shining nugget of info that “Time Turns Elastic” will “come full circle when Phish performs it on the band’s upcoming summer tour, interpreting the piece as an epic rock song.”  Interestingly enough, that was the intention all along Trey explained.  “I was living in upstate New York when I started writing this little tune that just kept growing.  I initially thought it would be a Phish song, but after I sent a demo of it to Don, it just grew organically into an orchestral piece.”  Now we are talking!

10.27.08 Dress Rehearsal (M.Copeland)

10.27.08 Dress Rehearsal (M.Copeland)

Before summer tour starts in earnest, Trey will perform the east coast debut of “Time Turns Elastic” on May 21st with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra.  This special evening focuses more on Trey, and less on the orchestra, than the Nashville unveiling in September where the orchestra played an opening set.  The rest of the show will be comprised of “classic Phish songs and solo Anastasio compositions.”  This will surely be a night to remember, but let’s now turn to the Phish.

When hearing this multi-faceted piece in Nashville, and then again when the acoustic demo surfaced, its potential as a Phish song struck me immediately.  With rich lyrical symbolism, powerful melodic themes, and an ethereal reflection on life- it seemed like a perfect fit for Phish.  Talk about a multi-part compositional epic- it’s been a while since we have seen something of this complexity and magnitude emerge from Trey.  Along with the band’s host of new songs, and forthcoming album, this summer looks to be full steam ahead, with little concern for the rear view mirror.

3.7.09 (M.Walters)

3.7.09 (M.Walters)

Knowing that Phish will be tackling such a challenging piece brings great hope for their future endeavors.  Placed in the context of their renewed commitment to composition, practice and being a well-oiled machine, the addition of “Time Turns Elastic” to their repertoire is wholly fitting.  While its complexity is congruent with their musical mission, the piece’s lyrical sensibility seems distinctly appropriate- time is what we make of it.  And as Phish-time now bends backwards and moves forwards at the same time, this piece is the ideal soundtrack.  Mature in feel and meaning, this will be  a latter-day Phish triumph once integrated into shows.  As we all prepare to return to life as we’ve love it, one of the lyrics resonates as particularly poignant:

And when it’s time the landslide
will free what froze inside
While all around the rocks collide
You finally see the lines
That point toward the light that never dies.

3.8.09 (P.Lucks)

3.8.09 (P.Lucks)

As we discover our initial late-summer ticket fate, moving back towards that undying light, one can only imagine the version of Phish we will see playing come Red Rocks, The Gorge, and SPAC- the possibilities are mind-blowing.  Off to a running start in Hampton, the band has infused the entire community with a child-like excitement for what is to come only two plus months away.  As events continue to unfold, the hype for the future will continue to grow until exploding at Jones Beach on June 4th.  And, hey, that’s only a mere 72 days away!

Listen to “Time Turns Elastic” Acoustic Demo now! < LINK (Roll over link, click play)

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RUMOR MILL:  FENWAY ANYWAY?

fenwayparkThis article from Boston Music Spotlight on March 23rd, continues to speculate about a Fenway opener on May 31st, right after Dave Matthews takes over Red Sox Nation for two nights.  They also mention the god-awful rumor of a Texas festival- let’s keep our fingers crossed on that one.  As anyone can tell you, Phish tour and Texas is like oil and water- despite the great music the band has produced in The Lone Star State.

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DOWNLOAD OF THE DAY:

8.7.96 Red Rocks < LINK

8.7.96 Red Rocks < TORRENT LINK

Phish 1996 (J.Richter)

Phish 1996 (J.Richter)

As we all lament or celebrate our Red Rocks situation today, on Phish Thoughts, we finish our cruise through the band’s 1996 four-night stand. Final night highlights are strewn throughout the second set, including a smoking “Runaway Jim” and a memorable “Colonel Forbin’s” narrative about the indigenous iguanas.  We can now only wait to see what the next four nights at Red Rocks have in store for us!

I: Punch You in the Eye, Sparkle, Stash, Ya Mar, Gumbo, Taste, Lawn Boy, 99 Years*, Ode to a Dream*, Doin’ My Time*

II: Runaway Jim**, Free, Colonel Forbin’s Ascent > Famous Mockingbird, Possum, Life on Mars?, You Enjoy Myself, Hello My Baby

E: Bouncing Around the Room, Golgi Apparatus

*First time played; with Tim O’Brien on mandolin, bouzouki, and lead vocals. O’Brian is a former member of Hot Rize  ***With “Gypsy Queen” jam

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Time Turns Elastic Download

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , on September 29, 2008 by Mr.Miner
9.27.08 - Nashville

9.27.08 - Nashville

Trey and Orchestra Nashville 9.27.08 (whole show) <<LINK

TIME TURNS ELASTIC REMASTER <<LINK

I. “XL” J. Mark Scearce, “Divided Sky,” “Concertino” Don Hart, “Orient and Occident” Arvo Part, “Le Tombeau de Couperin (prelude)” Maurice Ravel

II. Times Turns Elastic

Movement I: Magnets and Revolutions, Ruby Shaded Sea

Movement II: Submarine, In Long Lines, Violet, Violet, Summer Sound Shower, Splinters of Hail, Funnels, Carousel


In and Out of Focus

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , on September 29, 2008 by Mr.Miner

In and out of focus, time turns elastic

In and out of focus…

In and out of focus, time turns…

Music exists as a medium that mirrors the human experience; a way to evoke wordless feelings, a way to talk when language can no longer describe.  In the truest sense, this was the essence of Trey’s orchestral opus, Time Turns Elastic. Debuted in Nashville’s historic Ryman Auditorium on Saturday night, Trey’s autobiographical piece narrated the story of his past few years, while obliterating traditional boundaries of classical music.  Standing humbly, center stage with his Languedoc, Trey wove melodic and lyrical tales of his life within the rich musical tapestry of an avant garde orchestra.  Very much a part of the orchestra’s palate, rather than playing on top of it, this performance focused on the music as a work rather than someone playing guitar.

photo - Bill Kucinski

photo - Bill Kucinski

With an elegant program specifically designed around Times Turns Elastic, Orchestra Nashville played a first set of relevant orchestral pieces.  Opening with an introductory piece without Trey, director Paul Gambill, then then welcomed him to the stage for a breathtaking rendition of Divided Sky.  Playing in an incredibly delicate and understated fashion, he worked his way through the Phish classic that was presented as a straight piece of the program with no specific introduction.  He then sat in as part of “Concertino,” with a with group of two mandolin players, and played acoustic guitar while sitting in the back row as part of the orchestra- one of the most ego-less things Trey has ever done on stage.  The set featured two more symphonic pieces, the last, “Le Tombeau de Couperin,” a Ravel piece that greatly inspired Trey and influenced the opening movement of Time Turns Elastic, as Gambill explained. Yet, the evening was focused on the music after intermission.

Surprisingly subtle, and distinctly non-Phishy, Trey delicately played through the debut of his piece with a clear sense of deep emotion.  Yet, as we are accustomed to hearing Trey speak to us through his cosmic guitar fury, this time he had over 25 people to help him share his thoughts.  This changed the dynamic of the concert, a story was told collectively as opposed to his upcoming tour, which represents more of a monologue.  As life, Time Turns Elastic contained a distinct ebb and a flow to its emotional color, moving through playful and pensive, uplifting and somber segments.  Comprised of two movements, the first instrumental, and the second, complete with whimsical poetic verses, this performance was one of the most unique nights of Trey’s musical journey.  As lyrical segments emerged, lending a Broadway-eque feel, Trey sang delicately, using as his voice as yet another instrument to add to the symphonic whole; an instrument, interestingly enough, often more prominent than his guitar.  Staring into his magical space above, Trey shared his words in a gentler way, greatly divergent from his arena-rock norm.  Taking a complete 180 degree turn from a normal Trey-based event, the spotlight was less focused on him than ever, despite his stage positioning.

photo - Bill Kucinski

photo - Bill Kucinski

In and out of focus, time turns elastic

In and out of focus…

In and out of focus, time turns…

Sounding like the musical backdrop to a dream, Trey provided heartfelt accents and melodies to the music, as his notes seemed to float on the orchestra’s musical ocean, navigating the forty minute piece.  The second, and far longer movement, saw Trey layering his self-reflective symbolic poetry over the music, each part having its own name, though there was no break in the music.  Picking up momentum during the last segment, “Carousel,” Trey’s guitar became far more prominent and pronounced as the piece built to its final peak.

In and out of focus, time turns elastic

In and out of focus…

In and out of focus, time turns…

photo - Bill Kucinski

photo - Bill Kucinski

Though poetry can be interpreted in countless ways, being someone who wholeheartedly believes that Trey, despite his repertoire of side projects, is truly all about Phish, this is my take.  This consistent reprise of this verse, and accompanying melody, throughout the movement brought out the meaning of the tale.  From the time around Phish ended, he has moved in and out of focus, grappling with the various realities that have confronted him.  Yet, with every part of unfocused life will inevitably come the counterpart of living in a directed and intuitive way.  We become lost and then find ourselves again, and Trey has found himself again.  Time is what we make of it, often stretched and pulled to extremes, as life’s challenges and successes bring us on the universal roller coaster.  Through these times, he never lost sight of his heart; he never lost sight of Phish.

And when its time, the landslide

will free what froze inside

While all around the rocks collide

You finally see the lines

That point toward the light that

never dies

photo - Bill Kucinski

photo - Bill Kucinski

The landslide has come.  Time is thawing the frozen part of Trey’s life, the part that has always made him the happiest.  As he pondered his future throughout the past years, the light and hope of Phish, that would bring him back into focus once again, never died.  Like the sun of your soul, while it can get shaded, it can never be extinguished.  As we all anticipate the future of Phish, the future of our own musical journies, we can feel assured that Trey is right there with us and just as excited as we are.

And this life, it’s bending and

swelling around me

Turning and peeling into the

mist around me

And the winds all rising in the west

around me

And the carousel turns into

breath around me

In and out of focus, time turns

elastic

Time turns….

The final lyric of the piece suggests hope- hope that life again will turn another page and the winds will lift us back into the sky.  Breathing life into a once lifeless force, hope is bringing Phish back again.  Time turns; we turn too.  The light never dies.

TIME TURNS ELASTIC CLIPS

Clip #2

Clip # 3 (Unembeddable)

DIVIDED SKY

Trey @ Nashville FLACs