(commissioned by the Oasi Trio + The Post Cortona Premieres Project)
About “Different Lenses”
“Different Lenses” was composed in 2019 and commissioned by Oasi Trio as part of the Post-Cortona Premieres Project. This piece is scored for violin, clarinet (Bb), and piano.
I first met the members of Oasi Trio (Claire Niederberger [violin], Kathryn Vetter [clarinet], and Magnus Villanueva [piano]) at the Cortona Sessions for New Music in Cortona, Italy in the summer of 2018. We quickly became friends and shortly after the Sessions, they formed the Oasi Trio. Once the Trio decided to begin commissions and tours, I was fortunate enough to have them ask me to compose a piece for them.
“Different Lenses” is arranged in five short sections, with each depicting a scene of what you might see through each different type of lens.
WRITTEN FOR 2018 CORTONA SESSIONS FOR NEW MUSIC WINNER OF 2018 CORTONA SESSIONS IRON COMPOSER COMPETITION
“LOVE” is a short, semi-theatrical piece that comically tells the story of a failing relationship in which one party is completely oblivious to its collapse.
The percussion part for “LOVE” calls for the percussionist to perform a simple melody on 3 flower pots while verbally responding to the vocalist with growing anger and frustration. The vocalist sings their text in any major mode and in a romantic style with inflections of infatuation.
“LOVE” comes to an explosive finale as the percussionist yells “Dammit Linda!” while smashing a flower pot on the floor. It is recommended that the percussionist have an additional fourth flower pot on stage to avoid destroying one of their usable tuned flower pots. The name “Linda” may be changed for dramatic/comedic effect.
“LOVE” is great for students looking to collaborate with vocalists and experiment with narrative/theatrical percussion music. “LOVE” is also a great piece to include on recitals as a comedic interlude.
“ALTITUDE” is a quintet for vibraphone, violin, Bb clarinet, tenor saxophone, and piano inspired by the music of Socrates Garcia, Bob Brookmeyer, and Nashville jam-band Dynamo. The work contains two movements that may be performed in succession or independently.
“ALTITUDE” is based thematically on two dramatically different types of mountains I had visited in years prior to composing this piece: mountains at high altitudes in Colombia + mountains (fjords) at sea level in Norway.
I. Mountains (Colombia)
This movement is upbeat and festive, inspired by the grassy mountains and wonderful people in Santa Rosa de Osos and Medellin, Colombia.
II. Fjords (Scandinavia)
The second movement has a soft nature and humble joy that encapsulates the beauty of the Scandinavian landscape and people. While this movement still draws some influence from jazz, it is also inspired by the music of Peter Gabriel.
“ALTITUDE” is great for students looking for a chamber piece that covers the musical spectrum from fun + upbeat to fragile + beautiful all in a harmonic language accessible to any audience.