Justin and I have been working together on this project for a couple of years. Each piece takes a single percussion instrument played quietly, at volumes appropriate for a percussionist living in an apartment. It then gets looped and transformed by a custom-built SuperCollider patch, in real time.
The four pieces are written for conga, suspended cymbal, glockenspiel, and pandeiro (Brazilian tambourine). Also on the program, works by Kaj Duncan David, Stuart S. Smith, and Michael Gordon.
Come hear Elevate Ensemble premiere two pieces I wrote for the ensemble as part of an exciting program inspired by Stravinsky’s Octet for Winds:
- Puppies!!! — trombone, bass trombone
- Don’t Look At — wind octet
Puppies!!! is a two-minute miniature that explores part of the Octet instrumentation in a playful series of fleeting glissandi. Don’t Look At takes this same source material and transforms it in an entirely different way, creating a longer chamber piece.
Percussionist Roberto Migoni performs Percussion for Apartments: Conga with Riccardo Sarti as part of the Cagliari contemporary music festival in beautiful Sardinia. Check it out!
Come hear Mobius Trio’s music preview of the first half of Prescription Drug Nation, my evening-length dance piece being produced next year with Here Now Dance. This evening’s program includes the world premiere of two of the six movements, Ambien and Xanax. Don’t miss it!
About Prescription Drug Nation
A musical exploration of the effects of some of the most ubiquitous prescription drugs, Prescription Drug Nation uses a variety of guitar combinations (classical, steel string, and electric) to simulate the mental, emotional, and physical sensations that a drug user might experience. The full piece will include six music/dance portraits and will be presented with Here Now Dance at San Francisco’s ODC Theater.
- Ambien (premiere)
- Xanax (premiere)
In addition, Mobius will be performing Luciano Chessa’s newest work, Blind Date, based on a story of gay pulp fiction author/icon Victor Banis’s experience with an FBI agent.
Last year, Regent Park School of Music commissioned three short pieces from me, written for student performers (female voice and piano), and based on texts written by students at the school. The result was a series of mostly hilarious vignettes, on topics ranging from cotton candy to world peace.
Come hear RPSM revisit these pieces on a Salon 21 concert put on by Soundstreams!