Some more information on yesterday's concert. As you might have expected, Steve did use the Universe on Expanding The Universe and to great use. It's great to see him use the 7 string guitar again on stage.
Expanding The Universe began with Steve playing and singing. After that it was an instrumental odyssey through all kinds of fascinating pieces. Influences of Strawinsky (rhythm), Varese (sounds) among others could be heard in the different parts that made up this symphony. Chaos Theory for instance is a piece that has only three notes written down in the orchestral sheetmusic (B-flat, C, D as Tom told in the introduction), but it's a fantastic soundscape in the way it's performed.
The orchestra had a couple of additions in the form of a drumkit, bass guitar and second electric guitar (Peter Tiehuis borrowed from the Metropole Orchestra). Peter had also some spotlight as he did a couple of twin guitarparts with Steve. Another beautiful solo was done on tuba near the end of the piece.
The piece also ends with Steve playing guitar and singing, with the final word left to sing by the audience.
As I said in my previous post, the piece is too long to digest in one take. Hopefully tonight I'll have an even better appreciation of this wonderful symphony. And of course there are more pieces on the program that I'm looking forward too. What to think about There's Still Something Dead In Here. Just remember the tune of (almost) the same name from Flexable, but now vision it in an orchestral version. That should be something!