October 18, 2013 at 7:30pm NYU Mix: NYU Percussion Ensemble
New York University Frederick Loewe Theatre 35 West 4th Street, New York, NY. *Free Admission* View the event on NYU’s website
This concert will include the world premiere of my Three Decorations (2013) for percussion trio, presented by the NYU Percussion Ensemble (directed by Jonathan Haas) in collaboration with the Program in Music Composition.
Three Decorations is a work for three percussionists in three movements: Column (Ancient Trees Rising), Trencadís (Shards of Color), and Tapestry (Cozy Castle). Each movement is a musical response to, or evocation of, a favorite image of mine from European decorative art: first, the tree-like vertical extensions of cathedral columns; second, the colorful, asymmetrical style of mosaic popularized by Antoni Gaudí; third, some grand tapestry covered in millefleur designs warming the walls of a dark 15th century castle.
Three Decorations is my first foray into writing for drum set in a chamber music context. As a former rock drummer, I opted to utilize the kit in similar ways I would in a popular music idiom: to create groove, accentuating and supporting the interlocking syncopations heard in the pitched instruments.
Sunday, October 13, 2013 at 3:00pm
Tufts University Distler Performance Hall, Granoff Music Center 20 Talbot Ave, Somerville, MA. *Free Admission* RSVP on Facebook
This Sunday, those of you in the Boston area will have a chance to hear Proclaiming Pan,the interdisciplinary program presented by flutist Elizabeth Erenberg and an ensemble of some of Boston’s finest musicians, scholars, and actors. The performance will combine music, literature, and theater to sound the stories of Greek mythology.
Nine Muses (2009), my set of nine miniatures for flute, violin, and harp—performed by Gabe Terracciano and Maria Rindenello Parker, respectively—will be included on this program in its fourth public performance.
Each movement of Nine Muses take its title and musical character from one of the nine Muses of Greek mythology. The Muses are goddesses who were thought to personify and inspire art and knowledge and are often referenced in Western art and literature (especially in epic poetry). Nine Muses was premiered at New England Conservatory on March 10, 2009. I am honored that Elizabeth Erenberg has given these miniatures continued life through Proclaiming Pan.