Nico Muhlys newish Mothertongue name-checks Captain Digbys Farewell, The Travels of Sir John Mandeville, and a poem by King James I, among other esoterica, by way of highlighting the young composers ambition. Though his day job is as a footman to Philip Glass, and his orchestral works are performed in places as venerable as Carnegie Hall, hes got a pop side, too: Björk, Antony Hegarty, and Will Oldham are all collaborators. Mothertongue may be a bit preciouslots of classically-trained-type soprano trills, harpsichord, and conspicuously dense arrangementsbut theres no doubting the dudes versatility. Tonight, he performs with two other Brassland recording artists: Doveman, who refers to his compositions as lamp-rock, and Sam Amidon, a banjo-plucking folkster who shares more than just a first name with Iron & Wines Sam Beam. There will be intermingling.
Sat., Aug. 23, 7 p.m., 2008