Topology’s Ten Hands evolved over an extended period in the quintet’s rehearsal room. Recording their collective improvisations, they each went away to listen back for the best moments, writing them out in staff notation. These fragments would be the basis of the next jam session, also recorded and also mined for new ideas. The result is a musical mystery tour, taking listeners through an emotional landscape of symphonic proportions. Ten hands, five minds working together as one.
Working with director Annie Lee, the quintet has created an immersive, enthralling theatrical experience with their epic one-hour composition. The music takes a very fresh approach, the five artists working intensely together to compose using creative processes as much derived from chamber music, progressive rock and theatrical improvisation as jazz and indie. The result is a powerful and moving emotional journey, playful, meditative, and bold music presented with thoughtful staging and beautiful lighting. Really, there’s nothing else quite like this happening today.
DIRECTED BY Annie Lee
LIGHTING DESIGN BY David Walters
COSTUME DESIGN BY Bill Haycock
MUSIC BY Topology
(Ten Hands) … is an incredibly emotional experience. The experimental outlook ultimately serves to heighten the group’s dramatic flair for romance. - THE MUSIC