As I've mentioned to a few of you, I recently finished a new 15 minute long piece for four percussionists, entitled "Of Those Beneath". The music is based on death metal drumming styles, which means that at times I've got a (awesome) bunch of orchestral percussionists playing blast beats - Albeit modified to be played exclusively with their hands, but still... To give you a sweet number, I can just say that the each performer plays, among other instruments, seven drums. That means there's 28 drums on stage, and man do the performers ever like to hit all of them.
The piece will be receiving it's premiere at McGill University on Sunday, April 3rd in a free concert. The specifics are as follows:
Where: Pollack Hall, 555 Rue Sherbrooke Ouest
When: Sunday 3 April, 8 PM
Who: The McGill Percussion Ensemble
Cost: YOUR ETERNAL SOUL... But no money.
And here's the Facebook event page, which has a bit more info: https://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=195375260480760
My "official" programme notes for the piece are as follows:
As a child, my first musical memories were formed through percussion. Everything within striking distance was a potential instrument, much to the dismay of our family pets, cookware, and car. While my musical focus eventually shifted to guitar and composition, percussion has always remained close to my heart. Of Those Beneath draws upon and attempts to unite the percussive styles that have most influenced my musical life, thus far.
Of Those Beneath is rooted in the contrast between material with a regular rhythmic pulse and that without. While these two musical states are usually mediated through gradual transformational processes, they are also occasionally juxtaposed in sharp opposition. The absence of specifically tuned instruments highlights the unique timbres of the primary instrumental groups used (drums, pieces of wood and cymbals) and allows rhythm to play a large role in delineating the structure of the work.
The experience of composing Of Those Beneath was greatly liberating. Not only did it afford me the opportunity to guiltlessly justify countless hours in McGill University’s percussion studio, but it also allowed me to reflect on what it was that first drew me to music, as well as what I’ve learned about it since then.
I know there aren't too many Montreal people on here, but it'd be great to have some of you come out. Let me know if you can make it, and I'll try to meet up before the show.
Dude, I would have loved to come to this. Will there be video of the performance?