“having fun with elvis on stage” is a 1973 album collaged entirely from elvis speaking on stage between songs at live concerts - no music. allmusic’s mark deming declared “hearing it is like witnessing a car wreck, leaving onlookers too horrified and too baffled to turn away.” concerto for having fun with elvis on stage reimagines this vilified recording as the libretto for a sort of ghost opera, combining pop art nostalgia with new technology and classical instruments to create a memetic hologram of the endless purgatory of celebrity afterlife.
members of the now hear ensemble perform corral’s original live musical score along with the original LP as if they were the pit orchestra for opera or musical theater - sometimes harmonizing with the words, painting emotions in the spaces between, or reacting theatrically. meanwhile, gedeon’s "elvis" persona becomes a vehicle to explore all things banal and absurd in pop idolatry, as well as the performative aspects of 'stage presence'.
“concerto for having fun with elvis onstage” will be at the Roy and Edna Disney Cal Arts Theater (REDCAT) on May 26, 2020.