World premiere of Robert Honstein’s Lost and Found on a triple bill with superstars Amanda Gookin and Sam Suggs.
We set out to create a program that plays on the idea of things lost and discarded, but also on the collaborative spirit driving our process. The three of us (and Robert!) have worked together for years in many different contexts and we wanted to reflect our friendship in a diverse show.
Lost and Found (commissioned by a consortium of percussionists) is a collection of nostalgic pieces for prepared marimba (which we called the “janky marimba”). Robert and I have been working on this piece together for years and I’m really excited to share it with the world.
We’re pairing Lost and Found with selections from Sam Suggs’s EDM Caprices, an original suite for solo bass pairing unaccompanied Bach transcriptions with arrangements of EDM pieces. The caprices, drawing on the dance-inspired origins of its subjects, sheds new light on both the Bach and EDM tunes through Suggs’s ingenious transcriptions and exhilarating performance. Cellist Amanda Gookin offers two selections from her provocative Forward Music Project: Stolen by Allison Loggins-Hull and Seething by Shelley Washington. Exploring the journey of a young girl who is sold into marriage, Loggins-Hull’s Stolen reflects on the theme of being lost or discarded on a deeply human level, while Seething by Shelley Washington viscerally brings to life suppressed feelings of anger and rage. Finally, Gookin and Suggs join forces to present works for cello and bass, including a new work based on musical fragments from Honstein’s Lost and Found.
It’s going to be great!