“Isotone: A Collision of Music and Physics” (Symphony Space, Leonard Nimoy Thalia, October 24th) certainly lived up to its name. Featuring two percussionists, two vocalists, violin, and piano (though not all together on all pieces), Isotone captured the excitement, energy, and humor, as well as the dangers, of physics. This concert was the NYC premiere of the program; violinist-and-percussionist couple Susan and Scott Eddlemon have taken the Isotone program all over the country. The other performers were Larry Spivack on percussion, Pam Roberston on piano, and vocalists Christina Mullikin and Sara Reed.
The stage setup was immediately impressive simply due to the incredible variety of percussion instruments packed onto it. Furthermore, despite a hardy job of drum-Tetris on the part of the stage crew and musicians, not every piece of equipment would fit at once, and there were several lengthy equipment changes as various large resonant objects were carted on and off. All of the intricate-looking paraphernalia evoked a laboratory, and in fact different pieces utilized both a spectroscope and a Van De Graaff Generator.