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Scott Amendola to Debut Piece with Oakland East Bay Symphony Orchestra

Scott Amendola’s orchestral collaboration, “Fade To Orange” premiers with Nels Cline on guitar, Trevor Dunn on bass and Amendola on drums

Scott Amendola
Trevor Dunn

Romanticism, for guitarist Nels Cline, “speaks to me to the idea of transformation and the idea of surrender.” It’s “a vast topic” for him, he says, something he has thought about throughout a varied career, of which rock stardom with the band Wilco is just one part. Citing torch songs, flamenco, tango, and Goth, he adds, “Romanticism to me is ultimately about a kind of exuberant life force which I think is heightened by a sense of the inevitability of death.”

Cline will have a chance to revisit his theories on Friday, April 15 at Oakland’s Paramount Theatre, where he will take part in an evening of performance with the Oakland East Bay Symphony Orchestra, billed as, “The Height of Romanticism.” After the orchestra performs Tchaikovsky’s Fourth Symphony and Bernard Herrmann’s “Suite from Vertigo” (the Alfred Hitchcock film), Cline and bassist Trevor Dunn will join their Nels Cline Singers band mate, drummer Scott Amendola, for the premier of “Fade To Orange,” a piece Amendola was commissioned to compose for the symphony’s New Voices/New Vistas program.

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