Music series

Hybrid of mid-1800s boxing short story set concludes Garden Music series in Carbondale

Death of the pugilist artists, from left, Blayne Chastain, MinTze Wu, Jem Moore, Joy Adams, Eric Thorin.
Photo by Adelaide Moore

Carbondale Arts wraps up its Garden Music Series this week with a cross-genre ensemble performance on Wednesday and Thursday at The Orchard.

Local musician MinTze Wu will play the violin, accompanied by three other musicians plus a musician/narrator in a hybrid performance of Daniel Mason’s short story “Death of the Pugilist,” which follows a man from a difficult upbringing docked in England in the 1800s as he comes of age as a bare-knuckle fighter, eventually going up against a boxing legend.

The story is read in its “unedited entirety” and woven with modern, minimalist music, some of the works of Johann Sebastian Bach and Irish folk.

“This show is so special in that it was my first multi-genre experimental set from 12 years ago,” Wu said. would love the chance to introduce it to the community.”

Wu is joined by Jem Moore, who narrates and performs music, and fellow musicians Eric Thorin, Joy Adams and Blayne Chastain. The original story was published by Mason in 2008.

The show is the fourth and final in Carbondale Arts’ Garden Music series, which has been “designed to celebrate the rich diversity of artistic styles and cultural backgrounds of our place and time,” according to the Carbondale Arts website.

Wu performed at all four events, starting May 27 with “Bach, Ballads & Ballet.”

Both nights of “Death of the Pugilist” will feature the same spectacle. Tickets are $30 and are available on the Carbondale Arts website. Gigs are “bring whatever you want,” according to Carbondale Arts.

“Bring a chair or blanket, tasty snacks and refreshments, and be prepared to be serenaded.” says its website.

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