Matthew James Briggs
Radiant Light, for two violins and cello with recorded natural soundscape audio
“Transference, a collection of 10 pieces that are based off of drum patterns from electronic dance music, hip hop, and other pop music in a chamber setting. This concept was conceived in 2013 after realizing my dream of being a commercial composer. Like many millennials I grew up listening to hip hop and EDM as well as jazz and classical music. When I returned to Seattle after my stay around New York, I wanted to find a way to capture the sound of my generation and expose my friends that don't play or study music to modern, less mainstream art music. What will be performed is what I have finished of this project which is roughly 4 movements.”
“Jay Hamilton with Maurice Colasurdo and Gordon Frazier as the Turtling Dithers will present 3–4 'songs' from their next 'musical', Nothing is What it Seems. The theme is libraries/books/searching and as the title says, the songs chosen are slightly different from our 'usual' folk/blues style and we hope will show various influences from the musical past.”
"I will be presenting a few recent band compositions in solo piano versions. I have been working towards developing a vocabulary that strives to reflect emotional information in a genuine way. The challenge is navigating the myriad of ways people perceive emotions in instrumental music."