Analysis Of Stu Larsen 's ' The Night Lights Brightened, And The Juilliard Graduate Students ' Performance

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Stage lights were dimmed, and house lights brightened, yet the crowd remained unmoved, singing in unison an unceasing refrain. Stu Larsen had long since left the stage after concluding his third encore at the Crystal Ballroom in Portland, Oregon. Two weeks prior, at Fordham University, Jiawei Yan, Kenneth Liao, and Yihui Liu took a bow as their audience of thirty-some undergraduate students fled the University Church. From start to finish the juxtaposition between the modern “Singer/Songwriter” and the Juilliard graduate students’ performance was conspicuous. The gap between each concert’s venue, audience, and etiquette were ways away from one another, yet some thread binds these two opposing experiences together. Music in any form and of any genre can provoke a response from it’s audience. While classical music bears complexities that entice and engage an active listener, modern music is adept to excite a more millennial audience. We heard the strum of his acoustic guitar before we even saw Stu Larsen. The room erupted as the stage lit up, revealing a jean and guitar-clad Larsen walking onto an otherwise empty stage. First in his set was “Paper Sails,” one of the few upbeat songs in Larsen’s arsenal. The whole room was singing, but above the audience you could hear the warm, raspy timbre of Larsen’s voice. As the audience sang and danced with the buoyant floor of the Crystal Ballroom, Larsen meticulously worked a loop pedal, creating a fuller sound by using claps and…

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