Over the course of the past few years I have written a lot of music for dance, installation, and concerts. It’s very fulfilling and exhilarating to both perform and see my work presented in these situations, which are often one-night events. There’s something I really like about one-nighters. They’re ephemeral and the people who are there get something special that no one else in the world will ever have. The downside is that no one ever sees/hears it again.
ACCOMPANIST is a release of three pieces that I’d like more people to hear. Breezy Night was written as part of a video installation created with Mara Leader and premiered at CURRENTS NEW MEDIA 2014. You can read about it here. Chaff was written as part of a collective music performance titled Small Measures and curated by Steve Paxton. Other parts of Small Measures included a solo tuba piece by Steve Paxton, a gamelan piece by Caitlin Brothers, and a live poet. Elements of Chaff are guided by parts of the score for Tubachants by Steve Paxton. Ending At The Beginning was written for a dance and video piece by Mara Leader. You can read about it here.
All three pieces are presented in isolation from the other parts of the work. You won’t hear any tuba. No dancers or poets will show up when you hit play. ACCOMPANIST is meant to be accompaniment standing alone.