Altos bill themselves as a "surly high school orchestra."
The dodecatet (that's right, twelve members) "rocks the weeping catharsis like Godspeed You! Black Emperor, Sparrows Swarm and Sing, or A Northern Chorus in their prime, with forlorn strings creaking behind an impromptu ensemble of earnest-to-goodness singers."
For this one-time-only performance, the start of Alverno Presents’ indoor season and the 2013 Milwaukee Film Festival’s Centerpiece Film, the Altos increase their numbers to 18 and perform their original score to Aleksandr Dovzhenko's silent Russian cinema classic, Earth (Zemlya).
Considered Dovzhenko's masterpiece, Earth tells the classic story of boy meets tractor, boy loses tractor, boy gets tractor (again) and the greater glory of the Soviet Republic. But at its heart, the film is a gorgeous study on nature's cycles of death and rebirth that approaches the mystical and the sublime.