Metal is set to meet classical in a downtown clash.
Cody Hiller, a 2011 Frewsburg Central School graduate, is currently a junior at Baldwin Wallace University in Ohio, but he will return to Jamestown for a performance at the Infinity Arts Cafe.
Hiller will perform with Hvile I Kaos, a classical and metal combination, on Friday, May 9, at 7 p.m. The event is free and open to the public. In addition to the Infinity performance, the group will also appear at the Christ First Methodist Church, 663 Lakeview Ave. in Jamestown at 7 p.m. on Saturday, May 10.
"I'm excited to show it to people and see their response," Hiller said. "Hopefully we'll introduce people to a different sound than they have ever heard before."
According to Hiller, Hvile I Kaos, which is Norwegian for "Rest In Chaos," was a cello-based metal project created by fellow Baldwin-Wallace student Chris Brown. Hiller joined the group with two other students, Will Otto, acoustic guitar, and Ralph Holtzhauser, keyboard and synthesizer. As a longtime fan of the genre and former member of his own metal band named Eye Think Not, Hiller is honored to be a member of the ensemble.
"I met them in orchestra and other various things because they are all students here at Baldwin-Wallace Conservatory," Hiller said. "The project features Chris Brown's original compositions created for a chamber ensemble. It's neat idea that combines the black-metal and folk music of Norway with classical music. All the chords are based on classical composition techniques and all the instruments are classical-oriented. It's classical music based on metal progressions and ideas."
Although Hiller never studied at Infinity, he offers high praise of the program's mission. He's performed at the venue on several occasions, and always looks forward to the opportunity, he said.
"I played a show at Infinity back in high school with my metal band and the venue was packed," Hiller said. "It's an exciting spot that is linked to a neat program. I'm interested in seeing how the classical music lovers of the area enjoy it, and also to see how the metal scene reacts to it. It's not all the way in either direction, it instead meets in the middle."
Much of Hiller's family also shows musical prowess, including his mother, who works as a vocal and piano instructor for Infinity. Hiller first asked for a violin when he was 3 years old, but he didn't start playing until he was five.
In addition to studying music in high school, Hiller also took private lessons with Janet Sung, a Harvard graduate and The Juilliard School student who eventually became part of the faculty. Sung has since become DePaul University School of Music's violin strings coordinator. Hiller studied with Sung when she was on the faculty at SUNY Fredonia.
The Infinity Arts Cafe is located at 115 E. Third St. in Jamestown. For more information, search for "Hvile I Kaos" on Facebook or visit www.infinityperformingarts.org.