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Originally published Wednesday, January 25, 2012 at 5:31 AM

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Marimba weirdness slated for On the Boards

Seattle chanteuse-marimbist Erin Jorgensen joins forces with music producer Steve Fisk in "Redemption" at On the Boards.

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'Redemption'

On the Boards is shifting gears this weekend with "a straight-up music show." That's how chanteuse-marimbist Erin Jorgensen describes "Redemption," her evening-length collaboration with producer Steve Fisk, who's worked with Nirvana, Reggie Watts and Low.

The subject matter of Jorgensen's informal musicale ranges from faith to intimacy, but the sound texture seems to be what has her most excited.

"I don't think anyone else is doing this with the marimba," she said in a recent email exchange. "We amplified it and are not afraid to get loud and weird." Powerful percussion and electronic manipulations will be thrown into the mix of marimba and whispery vocals.

Jorgensen, as some may remember, was the moving force behind "The French Project," a sublimely silly and sometimes simply sublime recasting of familiar tunes (the Moody Blues? Dire Straits?) in a Gallic setting. Jorgensen promises there will be some silliness and some French in "Redemption," too. 8 p.m. Thursday-Saturday, On the Boards, 100 W. Roy St., $12-$20 (206-217-9888 or www.ontheboards.org).

Michael Upchurch, Seattle Times arts writer

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