March, 2013

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  • Region React (2011) graphic score

    “Region React” is a simplification of the NYSE quotes in 1952. It can be performed for any length of time with any combination of instruments but was written for sfSound as a response to Earl Brown’s “1952”.

    sfSound – http://www.sfsound.org/

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    Region React (2011)

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  • A Topic Avoided (2013) lp

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    This album is in memory of my grandfather Albert Sever. Each track is my own personal representation of a different approach to cope with his passing. Part notated ambience and part process derived descant, this is my best attempt at emulating the repercussions from losing a great man. 

    • track 1 - A Topic Avoided

      guitar, melodica, train whistle, electric bass, field recordings + processing

    • track 2 - The Brook
      handbell choir, recorders, melodica, piano, spoken word, field recordings + processing

      Based on the poem by Alfred Lord Tennyson (1809-1892)
      Dedicated to Becky Reilly

    • track 3 - Crystal Liturgy
      clarinet, violin, cello, piano, field recordings + processing

      Between three and four in the morning, the awakening of birds: a solo blackbird or nightingale improvises, surrounded by a shimmer of sound, by a halo of trills lost very high in the trees. Transpose this onto a religious plane and you have the harmonious silence of Heaven. -Olivier Messiaen

    • track 4 - Heir's Landscape
      flute, viola, guitar, field recording + processing

    • track 5 - From One's Pulse
       
      This is the final track from the album “A Topic Avoided” and lovingly steals from the last movement of Olivier Messiaen’s “Quartet for the End of Time”.

      violin, cello, piano, electric bass, train whistle, field recording + processing

  • Crystal Liturgy (2013) fixed media

    clarinet, violin, cello, piano, field recordings + processing

    Between three and four in the morning, the awakening of birds: a solo blackbird or nightingale improvises, surrounded by a shimmer of sound, by a halo of trills lost very high in the trees. Transpose this onto a religious plane and you have the harmonious silence of Heaven. -Olivier Messiaen

  • Maple (2011) flute, viola + guitar

    “Maple” is directly influenced and inspired by Scott Joplin’s “Maple Leaf Rag”. At first his influence is held back and made to keep its distance. Then in the second movement, there is endless and obsessive fascination with his brilliant small riffs and harmonies. Finally, the third movement all out steals.

    Premiered:
    Joshua Romatowski, flute; Kristin Zimmerman, viola; Grant Ferris, guitar
    San Francisco, California on April 20, 2012

     

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  • Mist (2011) bassoon + track

    Score Available through Imagine Music Publishing

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    Outside my San Francisco apartment window seemingly unrelated sounds fade and pan. Street traffic, parks, fog horns, rain, emergency sirens, pedestrians, freight ships; they all seem to create their own counterpoint. At first this resonates as an overwhelming cacophony without focus or purpose. Yet once heard with amenable contentment the variant sounds are given the chance to condense into accord. ”Mist” is a duet for bassoon and track where the solo instrument and prerecorded sounds are given equal importance. It has been written for and dedicated to Paula Brusky, the premiering bassoonist. 

     

     

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