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The full recording of my “live electric” rendition of Wabi-Sabi is finished!
As you can see from the video of the first movement, “Emergence”, I was able to record all four string parts with my 6-string electric violin. This is definitely a fun piece to play–challenging, emotional, harmonious… 😀
Look for it to be included on an upcoming album release, but for now, enjoy this early sneak peek of the full recording below!
I need your help deciding on which piece of mine to submit for a competition! The requirements are any Classical-style piece, any ensemble, any year of creation… so I’m having a hard time deciding which would be the best one to submit. 🤔
I’ve narrowed it down to my top ten and set up a little opinion poll (see below). I’d greatly appreciate your input on which piece you think would be the best one to submit!
FYI, my featured composition—the debut performance of “Crystallization”—is first on the program; don’t miss it! 😜
This unique program curated by pianist Marta Brankovich features women composers from different parts of the world, all with works released on Navona Records and produced by PARMA Recordings. Brankovich, whose works War and Victory are also included in the program, says, “I have never experienced more diverse, eclectic, sensible, and New Age music in the same repertoire. Composers I have chosen have left a very personal mark on me as a classical pianist and composer. Each of these artists have incredible stories, fantastic musical journeys, and have made a huge impact on the 21st century composing process that I am happy to share.”
Presenting a fun video of the debut performance of movement 1 from “Wabi-Sabi (for string quartet)”!
As we’ve still been in quarantine mode at the start of spring, I thought I’d overlay myself playing all the quartet parts using my 6-string electric violin. And, of course, I wanted to show off my fiddle’s colorful lights at the start of the video. 😉
“Wabi-sabi acknowledges that just as it is important to know when to make choices, it is also important to know when not to make choices: to let things be.” (Leonard Koren in “Wabi- Sabi for Artists, Designers, Poets & Philosophers”.)
The aesthetic and metaphysical ideals that Japanese wabi-sabi encapsulates include simplicity, naturalness, and an acceptance of reality. This musical work seeks to illustrate the overall nature of wabi-sabi. At both the beginning of movement 1 and the ending of movement 3, notes are thought of as specks of Potentiality that are randomly evolving from or devolving to Nothingness. Movement 2, at the center point of this universal journey, expresses a concerted effort of diverse elements to create structure and meaning.
I have to admit that it’s a weird feeling, thinking about recording live musicians again, after this long year of distancing. I’d gotten so used to the idea of relying on myself and my computer for everything! But, while I do wonder if I will know “how to people” again soon enough (lol), I am looking forward to working with my friends and colleagues, making music in person again. And I think this project is a great way to get myself into the groove again. <3