Archive for April, 2012

CageFest 2012

Wednesday, April 18th, 2012

In lieu of an Easy Lemon loft show this month, we’d like to invite you to come out to CageFest! at Barking Legs Theater in Chattanooga.  This will be a truly magical night!

Along with 5 other composers, my new piece will be premiered with dancers. Although my piece utilizes the piano, I have lately moved away from writing pieces for an instrument, and I am writing instead for the performer. This represents a ideological shift that has taken place in my work this year, one of utilizing not just the performer’s ability to manipulate a musical instrument, but the performer’s ability to use his/her entire body to create sound. “Piti piti n a rive” is a defining example of this new way of writing for me, the first to attack it full tilt. You could say that this piece is my manifesto on my new style of composition, and the thesis is: ‘Pay attention to the pianist, not the piano!

 

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live recording of “Composition for Two Performers”

Friday, April 13th, 2012

Back in February, we launched the Easy Lemon loft shows with a performance of my “Composition for Two Performers”.
This piece was not only a game-changer for me personally in my shift toward materiality and writing for the total body of a specific performer, but it also set the precedent for the kind of work that we intend to present at our loft.  Since then, the subsequent shows have stayed right on the mark with Roche’s surprising “happening”, and Buffington’s impressive scans and animation.  We can’t wait for the next show, which looks like it will happen in June.  Stay tuned.

In the meantime, here’s the live recording of my composition from the Feb show: