a long-overdue intro to a new project:
FWD: rcrds is a collaborative project started with Aaron Foster Bresley, a fellow composer based in NYC. The spawning idea is simple: not only to have a platform to share our own music and the music of other emerging artists, but to advance a dialogue, or at least more of a spotlight, between artists and listeners alike dealing with those foundational ideas in our music which are too often left unmentioned/undiscussed (to name just a few: the politics of composition/performance, the so-called ‘artifice’ of recording, just what do we mean by ‘silence’?, etc.).
Our debut release was a split of Bresley’s and my music. I recorded a version of two sections from my ‘incomplete polyrhythms’ piece, a catalog-style score consisting only of numbers—leaving the musical translation to be decided entirely by the performer(s). In this case I chose two of my favorite sections (2/1 and 3/3) and contrasted two simple conceptions of a rhythmic group (slow/fast, sparse/dense). Bresley’s piece for piano, sine tones, paper/saw, and field recording is too difficult for me to capture in words: well worth your time. I can’t say what is going on, but my mind is racing (in the best possible way) when listening to that piece.
You can stream and/or purchase the album here.
We quickly followed up that release with an album by Christoffer Schunk. If you have never heard his freakishly beautiful vocalizations (it’s hard to believe that almost all those voices are just one person), do it now.
Find us on Facebook and Soundcloud if you’d like to stay up-to-date and/or say hi!
I have had the pleasure of working with Randolyn Zinn and The Living Room Theatre on a few projects. They have developed their own type of site-specific theatre at the Park McCullough House in North Bennington, VT over the past couple summers. I have contributed music for this summer’s production of Chekhov’s ‘The Cherry Orchard’. The score sets abstracts from Bartók, Scriabin, and Russian folk tunes against field recordings and various types of resonators and feedback engines.
Opens July 31. Reservations required.
Click here for tickets and info.
A new piece for two writers will be presented this Friday at the wulf, along with new pieces by Todd Lerew, Chris Schunk, and Danny Wood. The piece utilizes excerpts from Søren Kierkegaard’s diaries including an entry labeled: “Something about my Punctuation” (1847), which discusses something of K’s unusual rhetorical style.
1026 s santa fe ave #203
los angeles, ca
Dog Star Orchestra returns in June for its tenth year of experimental music concerts. The fabulous duo Guthrie & Streb will be premiering my piece ‘groups, no. 2’ for viola and cello at the wulf on Friday, June 6, at 8 pm. The program focuses on counting, including Tom Johnson’s Counting Duets.
Click here for the full Dog Star schedule.
The Isaura String Quartet will premiere my string quartet, ‘rhythm color #3—fiction’ at a concert of new works by LA composers on Saturday, April 5 at SPACE Arts Center in South Pasadena.
Other composers on the program include: Morgan Gerstmar, Jules Gimbrone, and Gustavo Uribe.
Saturday, April 5, 2014, 8 pm
SPACE Arts Center
1506 Mission Street
South Pasadena, CA 91030
The rhythm color pieces explore harmony as a function of time. While the first two deal with the standard rhythmic metric, #3 deals with time as a function of counting/calculation (individual) and power dynamics (group). Dealing with the Pythagorean tuning relationships between the five pitch classes of the open strings of the quartet (C, G, D, A, E), the players are presented with a grid-like score of pitches/numbers; each cell with the instruction to be either played, not played, or left to the players to decide.
79 Van Brunt St. (between Degraw and Sackett)
Suggested donation: $7
playing ‘groups, no.1’ and sections 2/1 and 3/3 from ‘incomplete polyrhythms’
presenting a selection of tactics and strategies in counting;
- sections from ‘incomplete polyrhythms’
- ‘groups, no. 1’
- a round for Andy Young
Todd Lerew will perform his ‘yielding isometrics’ for theremin.
Saturday, 2.22.14, 8pm
1026 s. santa fe ave. #203, los angeles, ca, 90021
excited to play tomorrow night in north hollywood. going to be playing either a very loud version of ‘incomplete polyrhythms’ or a very soft ‘groups, no.1’, or both. i will be in the company of some fantastic LA composers: Max Wanderman, Danny Wood, and Marcus Rubio. Christoffer Schunk will open a can of beer for you.
8 pm. Saturday, 1.11.14
5645 Case Ave., North Hollywood, 91601
Piece for any two actions (one sounding, one non-sounding). Thanks to Chris Schunk for filming this.
I’ll be performing at Biko Infoshop (6612 Sueno Rd. Goleto, CA) this Sunday along with some fabulous composers/performers (Chris Schunk, Marcus Rubio, Frantisek Chaloupka, Josh Carro, Daniel Navas, and Zack Stenger). I’ll be performing some recent pieces from my counting series, including “0,1(2)” for cymbal and dropped objects.
Sunday, May 19, 8 pm
$5 suggested donation