Barrage8 Brings Techno Show To Macey

SOCORRO, N.M. March 28, 2016 – No fooling! The high-energy, string instrument-influenced production known as Barrage8 is bringing its amazing musical and visual techno-show to New Mexico Tech's Macey Center at 7:30 p.m. Friday, April 1, in a Performing Arts Series (PAS) event.

The production derives its numeral, "8," from a "re-imagining" of the string octet: Four violins, two violas, cello and double bass, an instrumentation that drives an acoustical palette that celebrates the musical diversity in Barrage 8 compositions and arrangements.


Barrage8 is a string octet that performs with an amazing LED light show.


"Barrage8 is a high-energy, glitzy show with all kinds of cool LED lighting and video displays, top-notch young players and panache," said PAS Director Ronna Kalish. "This stunning performance is the latest project from the trio of men who created the original hit show, 'Barrage,' which wowed Socorro audiences back in 2012."

Critics have proclaimed a Barrage8 concert as "too wow for words," super-fun with wide appeal to audience members of all ages.

The PAS show coincides with the 64th annual N.M. Science and Engineering Fair which is bringing hundreds of young participants and their parents to town for the campus-hosted event on Saturday, April 2. Exhibits will be open for judging all day in the Fidel Center ballrooms. Awards will be announced at Macey Center beginning at 6:30 p.m.

"Saturday, April 2 is going to be a busy time both for Tech and the Socorro community," Kalish said. The Very Large Array is offering its first-Saturday-of-the-month tours, Trinity Site is open to the public, the Hammel Museum is open to visitors, and the Etscorn Observatory is hosting a Star Party.

"It's got a lot of virtuosity – the playing is very, very high level," said Moore, executive director for Barrage8. "We play in a way you never thought possible.

"Our goal is to allow artists to hone their performance skills," Moore continued. "They don't have a lot of time for other things when they are on the road. (Our performers) tend to just focus on physical hobbies such as working out, yoga or something that keeps their body in good physical condition because of the rigors of the actual physical touring."

The group plays many styles including Latin, jazz, classic rock, hip hop, pop and classical. They are not afraid to take on new genres of music. Modern upbeat songs that everyone knows are the band's favorite songs to perform live. Moore said, it allows them to express positive energy for both themselves and the audience.

"The players like the more modern music, but we pride ourselves in having a wide variety of music," Moore continued. "Initially you'll hear everything from Bruno Mars' 'Uptown Funk' to Gabriel Fauré's 'Pavane.' If you don't like what you're listening to, just wait two minutes and you'll get something totally different."

In addition to the PAS performance on Friday night, Tech Club – Club Macey will host an event for the 21-and-over crowd beginning at 5:30 p.m. featuring "April Fool's grilled cheese" appetizers. At 6 p.m., the Macey Center Art Gallery is hosting an opening reception for "Do You See What I See?" artist Lyndia Radice's collection of 62 photographs and drawings that invite viewers to experience nature and familiar landscapes in new ways.

"My artistic work developed as part of my meditation practice, which includes long silent walks on my land in Magdalena," said Radice. "I contemplate plants, trees, birds and insects to deepen my connection with nature. The bird feeders near my windows invite an intriguing supply of models who pose quite willingly in exchange for seeds and corn."

Radice, currently Music Director for the First Presbyterian Church in Socorro, has drawn, painted and taken photographs for most of her life. She took classes at the School of Visual Arts and the New School in NYC, and served as studio assistant to Frederick Franck, scholar and artist, for several years. Her drawings have been exhibited in US Galleries and in the 30th Bradley International Print and Drawing Exhibition.

Barrage, meanwhile, gave over 3,000 performance in 27 countries between 1996 and 2012. Its contemporary string arrangements of music both familiar and new, was presented to millions of people around the globe through its successful television shows, DVD's, audio recordings and stage shows.

Barrage embarked on three major concert tours during its existence, namely "A Violin Sings, A Fiddle Dances," "Vagabond Tales," and "High Strung." These tours spanned several years in length, playing to audiences in 27 countries across Asia, Central America, Europe, North America and Oceania.

"PAS simply could not present a show of this magnitude without our subscribers, students and others in and beyond the Socorro community," said Kalish. "And we thank them for their loyal support that enables us to bring first-class entertainment to town."

Sponsors for Barrage 8 are the City of Socorro, Associated Universities, Inc. (National Radio Astronomy Observatory), Nusenda Credit Union, Van H. Gilbert PC, Don and Rosie Tripp and Super 8.

Tickets are $20 for adults, $18 for senior citizens 65 and over, and $10 for youths 17 and under, and are available online at www.nmtpas.org, or at the Tech Cashier's Office, Socorro County Chamber of Commerce, Sofia's Kitchen Drive-up, or at the door.

–NMT –

By Valerie Kimble/New Mexico Tech