Piano playing “frillbilly theater composer” and similarly self billed, “Appalachian fatalist songwriter” Dane Terry returns to Columbus this weekend for a two-shot show at The Wexner Center for the Arts. If you haven’t seen this madman perform, check out the video below—it’s like watching Billy Joel mixed with a dash of Andrew W.K. being set on fire by Elton John.
“I want to make bigger stories—to make these larger musical narrative fabrics. The best work that does that is opera, but I don’t like the connotation. I guess I want to make movies for the stage,” says Terry. “I really believe with the skillful use of music, spoken word, storytelling, orchestration, and life, that you can make an audience feel like they’re watching a movie. The less you show them, the more they have to imagine, which makes it way better.”
Dane Terry will perform Bird in the House at the Wexner Center for the Arts on December 9 and 10. Visit wexarts.org for tickets and more information.
To read more, check out (614) Magazine’s feature on Dane Terry, “One Bird, Two Stones—The Evolution and the Gospel of Dane Terry”