When: Fri., Nov. 15 2013
electronic dance music, 9 p.m.
It’s hard to imagine any classical pianist rocking a keytar as awesomely as Hudson K’s Christina Horn does. Before forming the duo with drummer Nate Barrett, Horn spent seven years as a piano student at a classical conservatory, but the piano alone wasn’t enough to satisfy her musical ambition. “I always wanted to be a singer and performer too, but it’s very difficult to do that from a classical stage,” she says. “People are very quiet, respectful, there’s a lot of tension in the room. It always felt kind of stale to me.” So she broke out of the classical mold and decided to find a way to fuse the complexities of classical music with the energy of rock ‘n’ roll. At first, she stuck with her accustomed instrument, even lugging the piano around on tour. “I was playing a lot of notes and hammering out these very complex songs with lots of scales and pairing that with drums,” Horn says. “That was fun, but it wasn’t suitable for the venues we were playing in.” Then she decided to go the tech route, subbing in a keytar for the piano, using a laptop and loop pedal, and going for simpler sounds and melodies. The new Hudson K swings from experimental rock to dance-pop, and Horn’s full vocals are equally suited for fun, cheery songs like “Stuck on Repeat” and darker, cabaret-inspired tunes like “Fade.” Hudson K just released the album Ouroboros and the Black Dove, which you can listen to on hudsonk.bandcamp.com. —Elizabeth Pandolfi THURSDAY