Composer (and friend) Doug McCasuland and I have been collaborating for a while now on a new piece for multi-percussion and interactive electronics.
Today felt like a major turning point in this project that started out as a trip to a junkyard! We met today to tweak the set-up and play through some of my part. I also got to hear some of the electronic sound world this piece will be existing in (so cool). The piece has some very interesting interesting inspiration: sound pollution, waste, landscapes, personal struggle. More on that at a later date. I’m looking forward to premiering it later this month at my recital on 4/23! It really is so cool.
It’s moments like these that remind me why I’m doing this whole music school thing. It doesn’t take away the frustration, but it’s a welcome reminder of what brought me to where I am today. Music. Art. Thoughtful responses to the world in which we live.
A few months ago I posted on here about my acceptance to this great summer opportunity, the Sō Percussion Summer Institute. It’s a two week event, and I’m right in the middle of it all and it’s been a fantastic experience thus far. Tonight I have the privilege to premier a piece by Michelle Nagai with Kelsey Tamayo. This evening’s program is entirely focused on composers at or affiliated with Princeton University. It looks to be a good show. I can’t wait to see what everyone has been working on over the past week. Working so closely with composers is not something we get to do all that often. And now here we are, getting hours with composers in the room!
Being in this environment is really quite surreal. It’s great.
More on that to come. Right now it’s show time.
See ya on the other side.
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