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 Hamilton My Muse, & Equal Temperament , cello and pre-recorded dialogue These 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 Borchert Mazurka , for piano Berceuse , for piano Peter Nelson-King The Magpie’s Shadow , for solo piano The 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

January 2018 Previews

Carson Farley Film Music , for piano, cello, and flute Film 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 Keyt Music for Wallace , for piano While 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 McKnight The Trees Awaken , for alto flute, cello, and piano This tone poem describes a sleeping forest that comes to life with dancing tree folk befo

Salon - November 9, 2019

Composers' Salon | November 9, 2019 An evening of music and discussion with Seattle composers: Carson Farley Garret Fisher Satchel Henneman Clement Reid Curated by Tom Baker Friday, March 1, 2019, 8 pm Chapel Performance Space 4649 Sunnyside Ave N, 4th Floor $5-15 suggested donation Twitter Website The Seattle Composers’ Salon fosters the development, performance and appreciation of new music by regional composers and performers. At bi-monthly, informal presentations, the Salon features finished works, previews, and works in progress. Composers, performers, and audience members gather in a casual setting that allows for experimentation and discussion.