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Friday will be Cool Music Night in Baltimore, with BSO, Shodekeh, GeNIA, Gabriel Prokofiev

The stars have aligned to make Friday the coolest night, musically speaking, for Baltimore in quite a while.

The BSO will start things off at the Meyerhoff with a program that includes works by two of the most famous musicians born in this city. Marin Alsop will conduct the orchestra in Philip Glass' Symphony No. 4 ("Heroes"), which was inspired by a David Bowie/Brian Eno album, and several pieces by Frank Zappa. That would be enough to qualify as pretty darn cool, but there's more.

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Shodekeh, the popular beatboxer based here, will collaborate with the BSO in a concerto for, yes, beatboxer and strings by Jan Mikael Vainio called "Fujiko's Fairy Tale." This has got to be the, well, coolest thing the orchestra has presented during summertime. I wouldn't miss it. (UPDATE 7/22: I added a video clip of Shodekeh in rehearsal with the BSO.)

Shodekeh will head from the Meyerhoff over to

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This event also features the local debut of Gabriel Prokofiev, London-based grandson of that Prokofiev; he's an innovative composer, turntablist and record producer. Performing some of this super-cool guy's music will be another super-cool Londoner, the pianist who goes by the single name GeNIA.

Also participating in the program will be the British percussion/sound design ensemble Powerplant. Oh yeah, Steve Reich's "Electric Counterpoint" is on the program, too, so that pretty much seals the deal. We're talking a way-downtown night in Baltimore. Assuming they don't bar over-30s at the door, I'll be there.

Here's a taste of Gabriel Prokofiev's "Import/Export," performed by Powerplant, followed by a clip of GeNIA performing "John Richards Suite for Piano & Electronics --Prelude" (which is also available on a release by the beyond-cool Nonclassical label). And a clip of Shodekeh in rehearsal with the BSO:

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