University of South Carolina

‘Polygraph Lounge’ opens So. Exposure Series

By: Frenche` Brewer,, 803-777-3691

Two of the best-known sidemen in the music industry will take center stage at the Southern Exposure New Music Series’ opening winter concert Friday, Feb. 22.

The concert “Polygraph Lounge,” featuring guitarist Mark Stewart and pianist Rob Schwimmer, will take place at 7:30 p.m. in the University of South Carolina’s School of Music recital hall. The concert is free.

Stewart has been the music director and lead guitarist for Paul Simon since 1998. Both he and Schwimmer regularly share the stage with some of the biggest names in music, including Bobby McFerrin, Wayne Shorter and Stevie Wonder.

The duo will perform a madcap musical comedy named “Polygraph Lounge” and will be joined by soprano and frequent musical partner Melissa Fathman, the former education director for the Lincoln Center Chamber Players.

The show includes the world premiere of two song arrangements “Pay Me Now” and “When the Bee Sucks” by composer David Lang. Other works include Steve Reich's “Electric Counterpoint” for electric guitar and pre-recorded guitars and Frederic Rzewski's piano variations "No Place to Go But Around" and composer John Cage's open-ended "Aria."  

Schwimmer will play a theremin, the eerie-sounding electronic instrument featured on the Beach Boys "Good Vibrations" album and many B-movie horror flicks, and Stewart will perform on some of his own homemade instruments.

Michael Harley, artistic director for the series, says the audience is in for a treat.

“’Polygraph Lounge’” is a mind-blowingly creative, virtuosic tour-de-force of music and musical humor that I am certain will engage all ages and musical interests,” Harley says.


Posted: 02/20/13 @ 12:00 AM | Updated: 02/20/13 @ 12:28 PM | Permalink