Layered viola, vocals, synthesizer and percussion reimagine the vast intercontinental migration of the graceful barn swallow and simultaneously summon the expansiveness of a solo bike expedition across the United States. I composed Hirondelle for choreographer Ellenore Scott in the fall of 2015. It was premiered by Scott’s professional semester class from the Broadway Dance Center on October 30, 2015 at Brooklyn College’s Walt Whitman Theater.
many thanks to karen ritscher (viola) and shao-ting sun (engineer)
karen and i will be performing portions of OB live on december 22nd at andrea clearfield’s salon in philadelphia
Violist Karen Ritscher and I premiere Olfactory Bulbs (2013), suite for viola and electronics, in her RECITAL this Friday at Tenri Cultural Institute in New York. The suite is a growing and variegated collection of smells translated into sound, an experiment in constructive synaesthesia. After months of rehearsal and invention, Karen and I are excited to finally share OB with the public. Join us! The concert takes place at 6 PM this Friday, September 27th at Tenri Cultural Institute, 43A W 13th St, New York, NY.
Please stop by to experience this 32-channel audio installation in Center City Philadelphia – it is free and open to the public! SYLVANIA will be on display at Metropolitan Gallery 250 (250 S. 18th Street) for the first two weekends in September. Opening night is 6 to 8 PM on Friday 9/6, with open hours at the gallery from 11 AM to 4 PM on Saturdays and Sundays 9/7, 9/8, 9/14 and 9/15. Come at 6 PM on opening night for a special live performance featuring myself on viola/mixer/laptop, Chris Thornton on guitar with effects, and Laura Fisher speaking/singing, followed by the official unveiling of the installation. For more information, visit the SYLVANIA page on this site.
I would like to thank Metropolitan Gallery 250 for their support and space, all of the donors who made the Kickstarter campaign a big success, and all those who continue to lend their ears, time, ideas, and technical expertise to the composition and construction of the installation.
Next Wednesday, March 13 in NYU’s Black Box Theater, Karen Ritscher will perform a KILLER program of works by all female living composers. I’ll be joining her in the premiere of Olfactory Bulbs, a suite for viola and electronics that I composed this winter.
FREE & OPEN TO THE PUBLIC!
Here are a few excerpts of an early performance of the first movement of Olfactory Bulbs, “snow on pines”: