Steve Mullins and Doug Walter of Rim of the Well perform “Equilibrio.”
Rim of the Well takes its name from something the Spanish poet Federico Garcia Lorca said about “duende,” a Spanish term that refers to a kind of soul in art. The artist grapples with it “on the rim of well,” Lorca said, giving the impression of a thrillingly precarious dance that in a moment could lose its balance.
Steve Mullins and Doug Walter, two members of the quartet Rim of the Well, engage in this kind of dance when they make music. With Mullins on guitar and Walter on marimba, the duo visited the Garage and gave a performance that twisted, twirled and ran around the rim.
Mullins is a multi-instrumentalist whose restless exploration of string-instrument possibilities has done much to expose local audiences to music that’s far outside the mainstream. He is a pioneer of the banjola, which was developed by Denver luthier Edward Victor Dick. Walter is a professor of percussion at the University of Colorado at Boulder and is the only marimba and vibraphone player to win top honors in the Concert Artists Guild Competition in New York.
What they brought us: A leftover piece of flooring — probably our most garage-like contribution yet.
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