I’m excited to have received an EAC grant to develop lectures based on my work with Nancarrow’s Studies for Player Pianos. I hope to continue my research using Trimpin’s digital scans of Nancarrow’s piano rolls and to present some of my findings at the University of Alberta and University of Victoria in the future.
In my work of analyzing Study No. 1, I have experimented with re-notating this piece. I have found many errors in both the notated score, and what appear to be mistakes—and omissions in the actual punched rolls (indicated by Trimpin’s midi scans)—as well as numerous formatting decisions that make reading the score accurately very difficult.
The rhythmic complicity makes it difficult for notation software to handle Nancarrow’s music, but this has been a great exercise to work through some solutions to several notation problems using Finale. Since this piece has a rhythmic resolution of a 32nd duration, it was possible to create all metres manually. I expect this to get more difficult in Nancarrow’s less straight-forward structures, which I believe will require the bulk of the notation formatting in a program like adobe illustrator for best results. While notating these studies by hand—freeing myself from the restrictions and rules of notation software—is tempting, it leaves for less potential to edit scores in the future.
The tanks are making their second appearance. Come here them at Dirt Buffet Cabaret on June 15th (8pm) at Mile Zero Dance company. Allison Balcetis will be performing on saxophone as I record, loop, and disperse her sounds live into my propane tank speakers. It’s going to be fun! See more below…
You thought Dirt Buffet Cabaret was over for the 2018-19 season, but Mile Zero Dance has one more in store! On Saturday, June 15, series founder Ben Gorodetsky will be at the helm of the multidisciplinary variety show.
NIUBOI – Dance/Performance
Tim Mikula – Performance Art/Comedy
NASRA with Chance Curtis and Macey – Poetry, music and movement
Alison Balcetis and Ryan Hemphill – Experimental/New Music
Larissa Pohoreski – Music/Theatre
Rebecca Sadowski – Dance
Saturday, June 15
7:30 pm (doors), 8 pm (show)
$10 or best offer at the door
Photo credit: Mike Maloney
Got a small mention in the Edmonton Journal with New Music Edmonton’s upcoming festival, starting today!
My propane tanks supplier cut me off, they probably thought I was re-certifying the tanks myself and profiting… or doing something more sinister. But I lucked out and found another big tank on kijiji for even cheaper, filling out my “ensemble.” Maybe my favorite sounding of the bunch now!
Looking forward to the concert, but not to hauling all of my gear… two 100lbs tanks, one 40lbs, and two 30lbs, as well as my computer, interface, cables (a lot of cables), trumpet, french horn, diy electronics, microphones, and a camera to cram into my car and over to Holy Trinity. And yes, my living room looks like a junkyard right now.
I’m travelling to Victoria, BC later this month for the premiere of my latest work The Colour of Idols: Blue for two voices in East Van Opera’s concert “The Fall.” I’m excited to have my work performed for the first time by Anna Shill, whom I’ve worked with briefly on other projects. Composer Justin Boechler (listen to his last piece with Anna, 6 Songs) has also written a new piece for Anna in this concert. Nathan McDonald will be singing the second voice, a spectacular Baritone who I am looking forward to getting to know.
East Van Opera held a poetry competition for this project, and I had the pleasure of setting Tim Lowan’s poem “Blue” to music.