OTS to bring EASEL, experimental music group to Lexington



Lexington, Ky., has become a “sophisticated audience” for experimental music, according to Ross Compton, and fans are reaping the benefits.


EASEL, a three-person group (playing cello/guitar/electronics), will be performing at the University of Kentucky’s Rasdall Gallery Tuesday, April 22 at 8 p.m. Admission is free for UK students and $5 for the general public.


Compton, the organizer of the event (part of the larger umbrella of Outside the Spotlight events that he started 12 years ago), said that EASEL specifically asked to come to Lexington as part of their touring.


“We’ve been going for 12 years now and over that time, we’ve developed a really strong and sophisticated audience for experimental music here in Lexington,” Compton said. “They love to play in front of an appreciative audience.”


EASEL consists of three individuals: Fred Lonberg-Holm; a Chicago-based cellist, Christoph Erb, an instrumentalist from Switzerland; and Michael Zerang, a professional musician and composer from Chicago.


After EASEL performs on April 22, there will be two more OTS events at UK – a free Ken Vandermark “Made to Break” show on April 28 at 8 p.m.  at The Bazaar (720 Bryan Ave.) and a free show by the UK Improv Group at UK’s Tuska Gallery on April 30 at 8 p.m.


The OTS umbrella has included 159 shows over 12 years now, and Compton hopes to continue building the program.


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