percussion

Turning

A(n HD) video from the premiere of Paul Kerekes’ “Turning,” live at the Norfolk Chamber Music Festival.  Hannah, Paul and I are excited to take the rest of the piece for a spin February 7th, on Yale’s New Music New Haven series!  More information is forthcoming… Not shown: almost two minutes of page re-arranging pre-downbeat.

Squeak Squeak, Plunk Plunk.

I'm back from six amazing weeks at Norfolk (more on that soon) and all moved out to gorge-s Ithaca (more on THAT soon, as well), but I wanted to share this live recording Hannah and I made of Martin Bresnick's Songs of the Mouse People, a fabulously clever (albeit brief) meditation on Kafka's last short story.  It's one of many shiny new live recordings on the new New Morse Code website.  Like all labors of love, it's a work in progress, so keep checking back as Hannah and I update and tweak things, edit video, and argue about font sizes and margins. If you're more interested in solo music, check out my new video of the vibraphone portion of Manoury's Livre des Claviers.    Enjoy, and stay tuned for more news, a new calendar page, important links, recordings, musings, reports, and complaints!

Gestenstucke & Ruckus

Thanks Kevin Clark for posting and Zach Herchen for sharing this video from the inaugural Ruckus Amongstus show last winter at Exapno. In addition to a ton of other great pieces (check out the youtube channel), I joined forces with some other Peabody Alums—Zach Herchen, and Rhymes with Opera-ites George Lam and Robert Maril—to perform "Canon," a movement from Juan María Solare's Gestenstucke, for a quartet of gesturers. We talk so often about musical gestures that it's easy to forgot that the concept of a sonic gesture is essentially a metaphor.  Very few pieces (save Thierry de Mey's Musique de Tables and the emerging genre of "works for solo conductor") engage directly with the physical gesture as meaningful signifiers outside of their sonic result.  As a percussionist, I deal with the relationship between movement and sound fairly frequently.  Still, Solare's decision to map what is typically a sonic process (canon) directly onto gestures is particularly interesting.

Check out Kevin's videos of the other awesome performances from the show (I played Khan Variations and did some improvising) and get ready for the newly reorganized Ruckus CONVENTION in NY this september!

 

Sketches

Just ran across this video of Joel Brennan and I playing Derek Jacoby's Sketches, for trumpet and percussion.  Joel commissioned the piece for the annual Fulbright Kommission Gala in Berlin, a concert at which I performed a few years later while living in Frankfurt.  This is from Joel's DMA recital last year at Yale.  I was lucky to have the opportunity to play with such a talented and flexible trumpeter.  Be sure to check out all six movements, and thanks for posting, Joel!