“sumus duo mensa tripes”

Pater Familias 2“We are a three-legged table.” This is the descriptor for Pater Familias, a project for the deconstruction of the Bach Toccata and Fugue in D Minor for simulated pipe organ (James L. Roth, pictured above), prepared turntables (J.S. Adams and Doug Poplin), and double bass. It was just one part of an eclectic evening of sound, film and intermedia works elegantly curated by J.S. Adams for Sonic Circuits, at Pyramid Atlantic this past Saturday night.

Photograph by Chris Videll.


prelude to the evening of a sloth

d=DThe Let X ≠ X Ensemble, about to play Oblique Colors of Discontinuity in Time, the prelude to a new work by the Sloth Ensemble. Left to right: Curt Seiss, valve trombone; Dani Seiss, flute; Erica Benay Fallin, flute; Jeff Kahan, oboe & cor anglais; Tom Wall, bass recorder; me, double bass. A program note on the piece can be found on the Statements & Other Writings page.

Photograph by Gary Rouzer.

it’s okay–we’re trained professionals…

15800203223_1fdbe8a804_hOn Saturday night 7 March Sonic Circuits hosts an evening of drones at Pyramid Atlantic. Two new compositions will be premiered–an electronic work for J.S. Adams‘s Sloth Ensemble, and my own Oblique Colors of Discontinuity in Time for the Let X ≠ X Ensemble, an acoustic ensemble of winds, brass and strings (Daniele Seiss and Erica Benay Fallin, flutes; Jeff Kahan, oboe and cor anglais; Curt Seiss, trombone; Tom Wall, bass recorder; myself on double bass). Una serata neo-futurista, curated by Chris Videll, and brought to you by the letter D.