An excerpt from a 2013 Theater Score by The Brothers Grimm for NoExit Performance’s production of “This Is Not Shakespeare’s MACBETH”. In this cue, Patient M (Macbeth), who is at a mental ward suffering from PTSD, has trouble discerning murderous illusion from reality. Amidst all of the madness enacted up to this moment, Patient M takes ‘One-Minute’ to contemplate the individual’s significance in the scope of collective-existence, which cycles forth unending … | Patient M (Macbeth):
" To-morrow, and to-morrow, and to-morrow, Creeps in this petty pace from day to day, To the last syllable of recorded time; And all our yesterdays have lighted fools The way to dusty death. Out, out, brief candle! Life's but a walking shadow, a poor player, That struts and frets his hour upon the stage, And then is heard no more. It is a tale Told by an idiot, full of sound and fury, Signifying nothing. "
~ Shakespeare, Macbeth (Act V, Scene 5, Lines 19-28)
The Brothers Grimm | AJ Grimm – classical guitar, flamenco guitar, words | BC Grimm – cello, bass guitar, Chinese string instruments: guqin, guzheng, pipa, gaohu & Ableton Live (computer music) | Throughout the 21st Century, The Brothers Grimm have been creating & performing a wide range of string-music together. Separately, BC studied Chinese music in Hong Kong and AJ studied Flamenco in Granada, Spain. They draw upon these experiences in addition to contemporary classical music forming flexible approaches in composition, improvisation practices, and theater scores. They run a label ‘GrimmusiK’, which releases music from any projects involving one or both of them.
“….compositions [that] are both classical and experimental, both disciplined and exploratory.”
~ Isthmus Daily Page
“… With a combination of backgrounds in Chinese music and Flamenco, The Brothers Grimm (Brian and AJ) are able to create extremely striking contemporary classical with only string instruments. Compositions like “Stochastic Contexture: Heads” possess the unique ability to calm and agitate almost simultaneously.”
~ AV Club, Madison