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  • Gavotte for Elly (2014) chamber ensemble

    ElinorArmerConcert2014mar14,2015 Gavotte for EllyCommissioned for Elinor Armer’s 75th Birthday Celebration

    Program Note: When presented with the opportunity to write for Elly’s festivities, overwhelmed ridiculosity ensued. There were too many options. I would have loved to work on a grand opera that reached the absurd puns saturation point, but time and instrumentation restraints brought me back down to
    earth. Elly helped instill a love of plundering other composers’ work. This inspired my tinkering with Bach’s “Gavotte in G Minor BWV 822”. The arrived at dance has little in common with the baroque gavotte. Instead an attempt at rhythmic, Milhaudian joy is offered in celebration of the greatest mentor, composer, inspiration and friend.IMG_4439

    Recording Coming Soon

  • 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

  • The Brook (2013) fixed media

    handbell choir, recorders, melodica, piano, spoken word, field recordings + processing

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

  • The Red Wheelbarrow (2012) based on William Carlos Williams poetry

    synthesizers + field recording

    “XXII” (The Red Wheelbarrow) from the anthology “Spring and All”

    by William Carlos Williams (1883-1963)

    so much depends

    upon

    a red wheel

    barrow

    glazed with rain

    water

    beside the white

    chickens.

     

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