Well the end of the season is fast approaching. I shall be going out with a bang this year, pounding on Carmina Burana by Carl Orff. It’s a perennial favorite with lots of drums and singers. It’s also being used in a Gatorade/NHL hockey ad right now, but they make this weird cut in it that ain’t happening if you ask me. But nobody asked me. As usual!
Greetings American contemporary music fans. You are not numerous, but you are true. This week I’m involved in what should prove to be an enjoyable undertaking, playing ten really cool tuned gongs in John Adams’ “The Dharma at Big Sur” with the SLSO under Marin Alsop. You might be tempted to think that John Adams is being played right and left here, which isn’t exactly the case but it’s not unheard of. I’ve been involved in quite a few Adams fests in the last few years.
“Dharma” is for solo electric violin and orchestra and is pretty dang cool. I met the gongs earlier today and they are impressive, rented from LA, I think. Or maybe NYC. Somewhere coastal. For the duration of the piece I’m cocooned in a sort of gong cage along with a pair of resonant flower pots (care of Lowe’s) and some crotales. A pic would help here. I’ll try to get one this weekend.
I just noticed (nobody told me since I’m just an extra boy) that the SLSO has released a recording of John Adam’s Harmonielehre from a live concert in March 2007. This is a very good thing! That was a real highlight of my little careerette. It’s available from iTunes or Amazon. It looks to be download only; I don’t think there’s a CD involved.