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REVIEW IN NEWSBLAZE
Published: May 20,2009
Beethoven's Guitar Shred DVD Review
By Prairie Miller
Move over, Jamie Foxx. The Soloist's insanely genius Juilliard
apprentice is up against some formidable competition, and she's female.
Part classical music remix maven and part speed metal manic musical
mime, The Great Kat is basically showing the male competition how it's
done, better and faster.
More female chauvinist than feminist, Kat, aka Katherine Thomas, is best
described as a 21st century Janis Joplin who breaks out of the
conventionally assigned gender role limitations of acceptable female
behavior, creatively and otherwise, to give the historically male
dominated music scene a woman's energy and edge. And her raging, fast
forward in real time Beethoven's Guitar Shred is like nothing that has
come before. Though Kat's monarchistic self-proclamation as inventor of
a one woman revolution does tend to clash ideologically with her broader
egalitarian claim of liberated classical music for the masses.
Alernately donning pink ribbon decked assorted retro-Victoria's Secret
knockoff period cleavage with bloody leather wear, burkas and crucifix
tattoos, Kat slings manically fuming guitars and violins on stage. And
each of seven video vignettes tells a forcefully lunatic fringe,
compelling musically reinvented tangy tall tale, shedding somewhat
imaginatively deranged new light on a mix 'n match medley of Beethoven,
Bach, Abu Ghraib and Islamic insurgency.
A classical/metal lovers everywhere wakeup call, these mini-musicals for
guitar, violin and machete could very well blow your mind, but hopefully
not your ear drums. Consuming the multi-sensory tripping Great Kat
Experience at low volume is highly recommended.
DVD Features: Seven Shred Videos; Hot Shred Bits 2; Shred Geniuses;
Metal Fugue: Bach's The Art Of The Fugue; Shred Cartoon.
Shred Online: GreatKat.com,
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