It’s possibly my biggest writing project to date: the score is about 75 minutes in length. Mostly electronic, it features live performers and recorded/processed recordings of several of my very talented friends shredding their instruments in Michigan.
Stylistically, it’s brought me to a weird territory – the music’s objective was to paint a landscape of a cold, claustrophobic subterranean world, in which kids slave inside caves mining for sulfur in turn of the century Sicily. When I first came to Manhattan, my room was barely a habitable size, with not a moment of sunlight through the lone window (I found a certain irony in this). As a recent transplant, I didn’t know many performers and didn’t have much in terms of audio gear, so I used what I had. The result was that I found a lot of sound design angles through necessity; processing my horn and voice through any and all available recording devices and software, recording background noise at Starbucks and turning it into compositional material, chopping and clustering and consolidating, and building.
The result is something I consider to be some of my best work ever.
I do hope you can join us for one of the twelve performances. Show list and preview clip below.
La Mama – La Galleria – 6 East 1st Street (btw Bowery and 2nd Avenue)
Nov. 15, 16 and 17 * at 8pm
Nov. 18 at 5.30pm
Nov. 20 and 24 at 8pm
Nov. 25 at 5.30pm
Nov. 27, 29, 30*, and Dec 1 at 8pm
Dec. 2 at 5.30pm
*w/ Italian Gala