Serene and poignant,5 for 40 creates a soundscape for our disquieted times using repurposed organ pipes. From a church decades-since demolished, these pipes have been retrofitted to be human-powered, changing the nature and source of their sound. Synchromy has set 5 for 40amongst the Tabebuia Trees of a quiet terraced garden.
I wrote the score for 5 for 40in August of 2020. The skies of LA were a thick grey from the nearby Bobcat Fire, and the air was smokey. Whole charred leaves from the San Gabriel Mountains drifted into our backyard and, combined with half a year of pandemic isolation, made the world seem particularly apocalyptic. 5 for 40 was my response to that time, along with my continued interest in presenting music outdoors. The stillness of the piece hopefully offers an invitation to be present outside and just listen – to sounds both intentional and unintentional.
Note: 6-inch Sandwiches from the Eastside Italian Deli are available for pre-order, and must be ordered a week before the event. They will be distributed to you at the park when you arrive.
My bass quartet Neuston was recently premiered by the UCSD bass quartet. Also, Partch LA commissioned me to write a trio for their ensemble, titled Mount San Antonio 1944. That piece will be premiered in early June!
The video is a 20 minute performance of Hodad by Hinrichs, playing at Trestles Beach at sunset and responding to the rhythms of the ocean waves. Music for your Inbox will also mail you a limited edition postcard featuring artwork by Janelle Iglesias.
If you’re Hodad–curious but unsure what it’s all about, please check out the Micro Moment video below, presented by MicroFest LA.
I was recently asked by pianist Lorenzo Marasso to write a short piano piece in response to Bach’s Invention #13 in Am. My piece is cleverly titled Canon in A Minor. It’s a strict canon at the octave, with the two voices one 16th note apart from each other.
“Having Fun with Elvis on Stage” is a 1973 album collaged entirely from Elvis speaking on stage between songs at live concerts – no music. AllMusic’s Mark Deming declared “hearing it is like witnessing a car wreck, leaving onlookers too horrified and too baffled to turn away.” Concerto for Having Fun with Elvis on Stage reimagines this vilified recording as the libretto for a sort of ghost opera, combining pop art nostalgia with new technology and classical instruments to create a memetic hologram of the endless purgatory of celebrity afterlife.
Members of the Now Hear Ensemble (Federico Llach, Brian Walsh, and Daniel Corral) will perform my original live musical score along with the original LP as if they were the pit orchestra for opera or musical theater – sometimes harmonizing with the words, painting emotions in the spaces between, or reacting theatrically. Meanwhile, Gedeon’s “Elvis” persona becomes a vehicle to explore all things banal and absurd in pop idolatry, as well as the performative aspects of ‘stage presence.’
The performance of CHFES will be preceded by a screening of Count In, a video piece by Daniel Corral that combines the voice of Poly Styrene (from 70s British punk band X-Ray Spex) with musical minimalism and colorful video. The result is a mix of Steve Reich, James Turrell, X-Ray Spex, LaMonte Young, and Sesame Street Pinball Number Counts.
I hope you can join me for the world premiere of Summits on March 20!
Summits is a new song cycle using texts I have collected over the last decade while hiking in the San Gabriel Mountains. Each song is based on entries I have documented in various summit registers (notebooks often found at the top of mountain trails). These personal chronicles from regional pinnacles portray the wisdom, humility, and humor that can only be found on a mountain peak.
Summits is written for voice, string quartet, and guitar/accordion, and I am happy to be joined by singer Joanna Wallfisch and the Koan Quartet in bringing it to life.
We will premiere Summits at the Soundwaves Concert Series on March 20 in celebration of their 50th event!
Treat your senses to the sonic/visual mandala of Polytope, performed live at the Think Tank Gallery on October 17 and 19 as part of the LAX Festival! Musicians Erin Barnes, Cory Beers, and Andrew Lessman will join me in performing this work of JI electronic minimalism and live feed video shadow play. You can get tickets from the LAX Festival website. I hope to see you there! Think Tank Gallery 939 Maple Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 9001
I’m very excited to announce the premiere of Polytope this coming March! Polytope is a multimedia microtonal performance for MIDI quartet. To perform Polytope, I’ll be joined by Erin Barnes, Cory Beers, and Andrew Lessoman. Performed entirely in darkness, it’s a mesmerizing dance of silhouettes of fingers over colorful glowing MIDI buttons, captured on live feed video and projected large and bright as a moving, visual score. Polytope is rhythmically charged in the vein of musical minimalists such as Phillip Glass, Steve Reich, or Arnold Dreyblatt, but harmonically inspired by the microtonal explorations of James Tenney, Erv Wilson, or Harry Partch. The multimedia style of presentation is somewhere between a string quartet, Kraftwerk, James Turrell, and an Indonesian dhalang (master shadow puppeteer). Three performances of Polytope are scheduled in March:
Automata, Los Angeles, March 18
Wayward Music Series, Good Shepherd Chapel in Seattle, March 23
This Saturday 8/27/16, I will be joined by Jeremy Kerner and the Isaura String Quartet in performing Refractions at the Carlsbad Music Festival! The performance will be at 12:30 at St. Michael’s Chapel. Here is a brief Instagram excerpt of Refractions:
I am excited to say that I will perform Comma on August 4-6 as part of New Original Works Festival at REDCAT! There will also be works by Wilfried Souly and I am a Boys Choir! Here is an excerpt of Comma, which will feature 4-channel sound and live feed video projections!
Also, some of my music was used in the video trailer for NOW Festival 2016! Check it out:
This Saturday, September 12, there will be a CD release show at Automata for my new album on Diamond Pulses, with special guests Danny Holt and Mike Robbins! There will be two shows at 8 and 10pm, and I will perform Diamond Pulses at both. The 8pm show will also feature Mike Robbins and Danny Holt in a rare duo performance of Workers Union, a seminal and uncompromising work of musical minimalism by Dutch composer Louis Andriessen. The 10pm show will feature a performance by Danny Holt of Philip Glass’ Two Pages, an early exploration of additive processes derived from his time working with Ravi Shankar. Stream the album now from Orenda Records’ Bandcamp page: [bandcamp width=100% height=120 album=1844134484 size=large bgcol=ffffff linkcol=0687f5 tracklist=false artwork=small] ___ Saturday, September 12, 8pm and 10pm Automata 504 Chung King Court Los Angeles CA 90012 8pm: • Workers Union, performed by Danny Holt and Mike Robbins • Diamond Pulses, performed by Daniel Corral 10pm: • Two Pages, peformed by Danny Holt • Diamond Pulses, performed by Daniel Corral But tickets online here: https://www.artful.ly/store/events/6883# ___ Daniel Corral’s Diamond Pulses is a 32 minute aural experience combining electronic polyrhythms, microtonal tuning systems, classical minimalist influences, and noisy ambiance to open new sonic dimensions. Constantly evolving minimalist grooves recall Terry Riley or Cluster. The microtonal tuning systems recall Harry Partch, James Tenney, or Arnold Dreyblatt. Meanwhile, the counterpoint of noisy washes recalls the sound of ocean waves on the shore. This performance of Diamond Pulses will feature projections of live video of the piece’s colorful interactive score. ___ Mike Robbins and Danny Holt will also perform several seminal works of musical minimalism. At 8pm, they will play a duo version of Louis Andriessen’sWorkers Union, a minimalist masterpiece written for “any loud sounding group of instruments.” At 10pm, Danny Holt will play “Two Pages” by Philip Glass, an early exploration of additive processes derived from his time working with Ravi Shankar. Robbins is the director of Eighteen Squared, a new music ensemble specializing in the music of Steve Reich. Holt is a virtuosic pianist described as described as “the classical music equivalent of an extreme sports athlete” (The Record). Danny Holt’s website: http://dannyholt.net/ Mike Robbins’ website: http://highstimulation.com/
I am excited to announce my new album, Diamond Pulses! Diamond Pulses will be released by Orenda Records on September 12. There will be a release show that day at Automata. Stream the audio from Bandcamp, then pre-order your copy from Orenda Records! [bandcamp width=100% height=42 album=1844134484 size=small bgcol=ffffff linkcol=0687f5] More info soon!
On August 28, I’ll be playing the following piece as part of Nicole Disson’s THE SERIES. Our performance will feature poetry by Mandy Kahn, and I’ll be joined in the music by Timothy Maloof, David Celia, and Eli Miller. However, there are loads of other performances throughout the evening!