|The Basement >> Back Issues >> Issue 11, Spring 2003|
OK, last month I took my marimba
out for it's very first concert. It was at the Mad
Art Gallery in St. Louis, a converted police station in the art-deco
style. Very cool. I said last time that I wrote a piece for it, but
it turned into three pieces. They are a suite based on Mason
& Dixon by Thomas Pynchon, a big thick novel that took me a
good long while to read. The piece is for guitar, cello and marimba
(can be played on a 4 octave model) and the movements are "The
Transit of Venus," "The Eight Year Line" and "Sky
Fishing." Like most of my stuff they are sort of modal and owe
a certain debt to the minimalists. I'm into having different meters
clashing against each other in a sort of rhythmic dissonance, which
happens in the outer movments. The middle movement is almost a folksong.
My brother, Dan played the
guitar and his wife Melissa played the cello, which you'd know if
you read the last issue. Together we are "Trio Etcetera"
and I'd love to record this music. If anyone out there is dying to
hear it, I can put up mp3s of the midi version. I sampled my marimba
for this project and it's not too bad. We also did a really nice Tango
that Dan wrote which was fun and challenging, at least for me.