DP (Decostruttori Postmodernisti – Postmodern Deconstructionists in English, if you prefer) are four professional musicians combining sharp technical skills with the verve of cabaret.
The theremin is perhaps their most distinguishing feature, being one of the first completely electronic instruments invented in Soviet Russia in 1928. Two things make it unique – its very distinctive sound, and the way that the sound is controlled by the player who glides around the instrument without even touching it. The quartet also features the rather more standard piano, violin/viola and cello, but all the players double so that in a concert (and sometimes in the same piece) you might hear mandolin, melodica, kazoo, bird whistle or slide whistle.
DP are quite unlike anything else, being almost equal parts serious and silly and always entertaining. Their repertoire ranges from contempory Italian classics such as The Good, The Bad and The Ugly to classic classics by such as Mozart or Holst or Stravinsky to Somewhere over the Rainbow – a classic of a different kind, and always in inventive and often quite unexpected arrangements. Their videos will soon convince you!
Their flair, innovation and wit is best shown in their 90 minute set:
In The Beginning Was The Sound……starting with Stravinsky, diving back to the medieval, totally ignoring Beethoven and ending up with the Bee Gees, ‘In The Beginning Was The Sound’ is an informal and entertaining rollercoaster ride through the history of music.
DP on RAI 1
RAI 1 is the Italian equivalent of BBC1 and one of their most popular programmes is the 90 minute Music Quiz, broadcast at peak time on a Friday night with an audience of over 3 million viewers. On December 30th 2016, DP were guests on the show and played appropriately deconstructed versions of several well known Italian songs!
In early January 2017, Classic FM, on their Facebook page, featured DP performing Tchaikovsky’s First Piano concerto (without the piano). Within 24 hours it had had an extraordinary responce and weeks later is still getting seen with over 6.5k reactions and almost 3k shares. Some of the over 300 comments posted were entertaining and instructive too: “Brilliant, so entertaining!”, “Showing wit and innovation”, “Qué horror!”, “This is what new music should be”, “Why……???”, “Ahahaha – I want to die!”.
A brief – and deconstructive – explanation of how the mysterious theremin works. For further technical information please consult Wikipedia…