Saturday, May 5, 2012

Play List


April 28, 2012
Orchestra and Organ Concert
Inglemoor High School Orchestra, Jim Rice, conducting; and David di Fiore, organ
University Temple United Methodist Church, Seattle

Sinfonia G-dur - Tomaso Albinoni
Sinfonia No. 2 in D Major - Felix Mendelssohn
Serenade for Strings: III Meditation - Jack Jarrett
Concerto Grosso for String Orchestra with Piano Obligato: I Prelude - Ernest Bloch

Grand Jeu with Thunder Effects - Michel Corrette
Air from the Orchestral Suite in D Major - Bach
Nova - Myron J. Roberts
Mozart Changes - Zsolt Gardonyi
Studio sinfonico - M. Enrico Bossi

Concerto in F-Major Opus 4, No. 5 - Handel

By way of disclosure, UTUMC is my church. The space loves a big full sound, and hearing all those fortissimo open strings at the beginning of the Bloch was a real treat. The Inglemoor students played well and with gusto. David chose solo works designed to display various effects and capabilities of the organ, including the use of a plank on the lower part of the pedal board to imitate thunder. I wonder if that's where Ives got the idea?

May 3, 2012
Amy Denio, John Ewing, John Teske
Gallery 1412 - Seattle

Three of our finest local minstrels improvised episodes of collaborative aural jujitsu. Some fragments: rubbing hands, a big blue sheet thrown over the drum kit, clothespins quivering on the bass bridge, serenade on baritone ukelele, bike horn stuttering between the high-hats - then dropping to the floor plop.

Amy and John T. performed to an interesting activity/score by John Ewing that neatly experientialized the connections between names, scores, appropriate responses, and music. J.E. presented a series of pages, the audience side of which contained a text, and the performer side of which contained an image. Going in neither we nor the performers were told whether the text we read corresponded to the image they saw. The task offered was to determine, based on the performance, whether the image and the text matched or no: Love, A Lynched Black Man, Tunnel, Pope Innocent X, Pope Innocent X, A Mother and Child, Death, Spiral, Ouroboro, Nothing.

May 4, 2012
Seattle Composers' Salon
Chapel Performance Space, Good Shepherd Center, Seattle

Minute Etudes, book 1 - Emily Doolittle - Keith Eisenbrey, piano
Verses from Melissinos Rubaiyat - Yvonne Hoar - Jeremy Mathias, baritone, Yvonne Hoar, piano
Musical Perceptions - Ann Cummings - Ann Cummings, piano, vocals, percussion
Selections from Soundscroll 7 - Steve Scribner - Mike Sentkewitz, string bass; Bruce Greeley, bass clarinet; Natalie Maihall, cello

Emily's pieces are a delight to play, full of oddly fractured diatonic segments and playful rhythms. I'll be performing them again at my recital on the 23rd of June.

Yvonne's Verses, twisted and struggling, fighting itself, taking us bodily, breaking off, oddly breathless. A difficult music concerned with its difficulty. Very nice!

Ann has been a familiar presence at Salon as both performer and interlocutor. This set of three meta-pieces (or quandaries) (or challenges) -  Broken and Not Broken, Sound Reveals My Existence, Present Absent Time -  isn't so much a vehicle for her performer persona as it is a fully realized problem: How can one be one's own public interlocutor as to a question that can't be asked except as a composer, in terms that only exist as a performer?

Steve gamely played the token male on the program, presenting thoughtfully sensual explorations of the proto- and para-articulate universe. These pieces and more will be presented at a concert on May 24th, in which I will play found objects of wood, metal, stone, and plastic.

In Session at The Tintinabulary

April 30, 2012
Gradus 211 - Neal Meyer

I spent time thinking about the experiential morphology of pitch-space, how it is shaped in part by its origin point in directional-space (in several different ways: up-down twists differently than left-right or front-back), and by every other aspect of composition. And yet it is unmistakable in its own right. I find myself mapping pitch-space onto my body, or more specifically, onto an inner sense of my vocal apparatus.

May 1, 2012
Your Mother Should Know recording tracks of What's Wanting For?


Thursday May 24, 2012 concert begins at 8:00 PM
Steve Scribner - The Chapel Performance space, Good Shepherd Center, Seattle
I will be playing found objects wood, metal, stone, and plastic, to a score constructed from field guides.

Saturday June 23, 2012 concert begins at 8:00 PM
Keith Eisenbrey - piano recital at The Chapel Performance Space, Good Shepherd Center, Seattle
music by Emily Doolittle, Keith Eisenbrey, Aaron Keyt, and J. K. Randall

Saturday October 20, 2012 concert begins at 8:00 PM - Note the change of date!
Keith Eisenbrey - piano recital at The Chapel Performance Space, Good Shepherd Center, Seattle
Preludes in Seattle Part 4: Preludes by Ken Benshoof, Keith Eisenbrey, Lockrem Johnson, and Greg Short

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