Skip to main content

May Salon previews

Clement Reid

Theater Piece #1, for cello is much like a person thinking aloud, although with music rather than with words. The beginning somewhat lyrical theme gives way to an introspective-sounding series of gestures including harmonics and quiet pizzicato. A middle section becomes more energized but with syncopated attacks. The ending should give the feeling of a kind of fragmentary reminiscence of the earlier material, concluding with high harmonics and a suggestion of interaction of different musical points of view, and a sense of wonder or questioning. Carson Farley will be the featured cellist.”

Steve Escoffery

Transcendental Object, for computer-realized sound

“The title, Transcendental Object, refers to an idea of Immanuel Kant. Kant’s idea, the transcendental object, is that of the fundamental nature of reality being beyond the ability of the brain, or the senses, to detect/understand — that everything our senses can detect is a simplified representation of what’s really there.

It seems like a bit of a looming elephant in the room (and hopefully not too clichéd) that we experience ourselves as being here, but none of us knows why or how; what here is, who we are, etc. So, I’m trying to represent that which is beyond our capacity to know — using computer programming to create patterns which are too complex for our brains to follow.”

Read more on steveescoffery.com »

Popular posts from this blog

May 2018 Previews

Jay HamiltonMy Muse, & Equal Temperament, cello and pre-recorded dialogueThese two pieces are part of a work The End and Then…? presented on June 23rd at Velocity Dance Center Seattle. The show is mostly dance with music/dialogues begins with a funeral ends with a murder….and some of it funny. This is a one person performance (7 parts) I will be dancing during in the other 5 pieces sections.soundand.com/Gavin BorchertMazurka, for piano
Berceuse, for pianoPeter Nelson-KingThe Magpie’s Shadow, for solo pianoThe Magpie’s Shadow takes its inspiration from a poem sequence of the same name by Yvor Winters. Inspired by a line by Rimbaud - O saisons, o chateaux! - each poem is a single line of six syllables, a form invented by Winters. 28 poems are arranged in three sections, and my work has 28 aphoristic pieces based on each poem and grouped in the same section plan and same order. The poems depict mysterious, symbolic scenes in nature, possibly a dream landscape the narrator travers…

January 2018 Previews

Carson FarleyFilm Music, for piano, cello, and fluteFilm Music was composed for a commercial video project for sculptor R. Carlson. Originally scored for piano, string quartet, and synthesizer, this version has been arranged for piano, cello, and flute. Though I am usually a structural composer, this piece was written quickly and entirely from a visual perspective to conform to the visual content of the video project. It has a very simple surface texture with themes, transitions, and modulations from section to section.carsonicsproductions.com/Aaron KeytMusic for Wallace, for pianoWhile living in Somerville, MA for a couple years, we adopted an old, neglected spinet piano. We named the piano Wallace. I wrote an album of short, mostly simple pieces for Wallace, a few of which will be played at the Salon.Ian McKnightThe Trees Awaken, for alto flute, cello, and pianoThis tone poem describes a sleeping forest that comes to life with dancing tree folk before returning to its slumber. …

July Salon Previews

Susan Maughlin WoodSonatina for Violin and Piano, Parallel Plaid
I. Stim
II. Transist
III. Off ScriptSpectratta
"We are all on the spectrum."The inner world is complete unto itself, but invites understanding. I am adding a video element to my new sonatina Parallel Plaid to highlight ways in which people* anywhere on the ASD and so-called ADHD spectrums (i.e. everyone) both identify with, and to some extent are, ourselves, wind-up toys going about our lives single-mindedly. Focus is absolute, but fleeting in its direction. Intensity is laser-sharp, but short-lived and not easily controlled. *the complexity of people defies labeling, but insofar as labels exist, the spectrum model (think prismatic solid circle as opposed to single line) most closely represents our differences within a given shared aspect of humanity. For every aspect, the spectrum model is inclusive and shows that everyone shares certain traits and only differ in the degree to which they possess those traits a…