For the fourth year in a row, pianist Kevin Kirk and all-star jazz ensemble Onomatopoeia are taking the stage at the Egyptian Theatre to premiere new work, including Kirk's "Filing a Thelonious Report" and Tom Tompkins' "Twaddle Riddle."
"['Twaddle Riddle'] has never been heard before and is unnecessarily complicated," jokes Kirk. "It changes meter a lot and includes reggae, tango, mambo. I think it has to do with us meticulously evolving into a circus band."
The group first started clowning around in 1991, with Kirk on piano, Tompkins (Boise Philharmonic's principal violist) on strings, Mike Seifrit on bass, Greg Perkins on sax, Phil Garonzik on flute and sax, and Jon and Pat Hyneman playing percussion. The band saw national praise after NPR's All Songs Considered voted "Lord, Have Mercy" second on the top 10 list of 2004.
Onomatopoeia's upcoming performance, Live in 3D, will feature the Treasure Valley Youth Symphony and be documented by award-winning filmmaker Jeff Tucker for a broadcast on IdahoPTV.
If you enjoy what Kirk, Garonzik and Jon Hyneman do on Chandlers' cramped stage, this full orchestra, 3D glasses-wearing ensemble is sure to knock the olive right out of your dirty martini.
Friday, Jan. 30, 7:30 p.m., $25, Egyptian Theatre, 700 W. Main St., 208-387-1273.