In 2012, Japanese experimental composer Makota Nomura created a graphic score in the form of an installation of dried roots arranged in five lines on two walls of the Aomori Contemporary Art Center. The score is visually elegant and rich in possibilities; my realization is here.
I recently had the pleasure of recording one of the graphic scores created by Sardinian pianist/composer Silvia Corda as part of her Traces project. Intriguing, too, to hear the fine interpretations offered by Adriano Orru, Mauro Sambo, Gianni Mimmo, Gianni Lenoci, Paolo Chagas, and Pat Lugo and Marco Mal Loprieno, all of which can be heard on Silvia’s Soundcloud page. And finally, some reflections on the project in Percorsi Musicali.
Project 6’27” is a collaborative project by the fine Venetian saxophonist/multi-instrumentalist Mauro Sambo. Mauro recorded a ground track of percussion, zither and electronics lasting exactly 6 minutes and 27 seconds, and sent it to collaborators who then recorded their own 6’27” long tracks for Mauro to mix into the ground track. The piece is always the same and yet always different, thanks to the underlying constant of Mauro’s track and the manifold responses to it coming from a diverse, international group of contributors. As Mauro puts it, “I like the idea of how it can change the work, the infinite possibilities of assimilation and return from the musicians involved.” Fascinating to listen to, and a great pleasure to participate in. My contribution is here.
Nine Strings—Gary Rouzer and I—reunite in a unique objects and prepared bass configuration Thursday May 20 at 8:00, at the Back Alley Theater, 1365 Kennedy Street NW, Washington DC 20011. (Leaving us with only four strings for the evening.) The event is a CD release show for Ayman Fanous (guitar/bouzouki) and Jason Kao Hwang (violin/viola), and also features Jaimie Branch (trumpet).
Photograph of objects and prepared bass by Gary Rouzer.