LEWISTON — The L/A Arts Downstage, 221 Lisbon St., is introducing an eclectic performance with a little something for everyone. The show, curated by Elijah True, fuses the sounds of contemporary classical chamber music with post-punk energy and indie-pop. The concert includes performances from Forêt Endormie, Chris Robley and Billy Carr. It must be experienced to see how it all fits together.
Doors open at 7:30 p.m. for the April 28 performance and music begins at 8 p.m. Admission is free and open to the public with a $5 suggested donation. A cash bar is available.
This show is one of many efforts to develop opportunities for greater access to underrepresented musical genres and increase weekend entertainment options in downtown Lewiston-Auburn.
Forêt Endormie is the genre-melding chamber ensemble led by guitarist and composer Jordan Guerette. Formed in 2016 in Portland, the group draws as much from the forms and fantasies of 20th century French composers Erik Satie and Olivier Messiaen, as they do the melancholic neo-folk of Tenhi and Sol Invictus and heavy minimalism of drone pioneers Earth.
Chris Robley is a singer-songwriter and award-winning poet who’s made his home in Lewiston. His orchestral indie-pop and folk music has been praised by The LA Times, The Boston Globe, NPR’s Second Stage, Performer, and others. Skyscraper Magazine said he is “one of the best short-story musicians to come along in quite some time.”
Robley’s poetry has been published in POETRY Magazine, Prairie Schooner, Poetry Northwest, Beloit Poetry, and more. He is the winner of Boulevard’s Poetry Prize for Emerging Writers, a recipient of a Maine Literary Award in poetry, and was selected by Robert Pinsky as a finalist for the Dorset Prize.
Billy Carr, performing solo for this event, has been described as fast, loud, slow, quiet, ecstatic, unhinged, demure and restrained. His performances have been called “avant-garde easy-listening,” “dad-rock for the post-punk kids,” and “not like the other folk.” Sounds about right.