THE BECOMING OF TIME (2013)
Telematic ensemble piece for the project "Time Axiom: New York, Belfast, Zurich". On the premise that time itself is largely a perceptual phenomenon, the piece is conceived on “becoming” as a reason for time. Time is expressed in an elemental way and in motivation for its emergence in order to become. Musically, the telematic venue is already a perceptually linked multidimensional medium across time zones. The score works with binaural beats and beating tones, multiplicity, multiphonics, microtonality, gradience between pitch and noise, acceleration and deceleration, compression and expansion, spectralization, resonance, thresholds, vibrato, and biological components such as heartbeat and breath. The beating tones are a particularly central metaphor in expressing how pitches that are so close together create time. The structural features include improvisation, composed material, gestural processing, jazz, and attention strategy, utilizing the unique musical languages of the renowned ensemble musicians. The piece culminates in a becoming of time that is both internally and collectively experienced.
Premiered December 15, 2013 at New York University, Queen's University Belfast, Zurich University of the Arts/Moods Jazz Club, together with new pieces by Mark Dresser and Elizabeth Hoffman.
Ensemble: Matthias Ziegler, multiple flutes (Zurich), Franziska Schroeder, saxophones (Belfast), Ray Anderson, trombone (New York), Sylvie Courvoisier, piano (New York), Mark Dresser, bass (New York), Lucas Niggli, drumset (Zurich), Paul Stapleton, bonsai sound sculpture (Belfast), Tullis Rennie, laptop (Belfast), Elizabeth Hoffman, laptop (New York), Sarah Weaver, conductor (New York). Video processing by artists in Zurich - Benjamin Burger, Joel De Giovanni
WATER OF PEACE (2013)/MA'A AL-SALAM ماء السلام
Large ensemble piece written for "ResoNations 2013: International Concerts for Peace, A September 11 Concert of Remembrance, Healing, and Creating Peace". Featuring renowned Jazz and Arab musicians, this concert on September 11 is in remembrance, healing, and creating peace for our future, invoking the creative spirit of the music for inner and international peace. "ResoNations", meaning "to resonate nations", is a series since 2009 with concerts at the United Nations and international sites.
Premiered September 11, 2013 at BMCC Tribeca Performing Arts Center, New York.
Ensemble: Gaida, Syrian vocalist, Jane Ira Bloom, soprano saxophone, Joe McPhee, trumpet, saxophone, Oliver Lake, alto saxophone, Dave Taylor, bass trombone, George Ziadeh, oud, Mark Dresser, bass, Zafer Tawil, nay, frame drum, riqq, dumbek, Sarah Weaver, conductor
UNIVERSAL SYNCHRONY MUSIC, VOLUME 1 (2013)
Universal Synchrony Music (USM) is a cosmic multi-year telematic music project in collaboration with the NASA Kepler Mission and NASA ArtSpace exploring musical, technological, and metaphorical realizations of synchrony. Sonification of data from the Kepler Mission on stars and planets 1000-3000 light years away is utilized for presence and interaction for synchrony. Synchrony is defined as perception of alignment of distributed time and space components. This electroacoustic telematic ensemble is comprised of renowned experimental musicians utilizing their individual innovative musical languages in manifestation of the piece.
USM Volume 1 premiered April 7, 2013 at University of California San Diego and Simons Center of Stony Brook University as part of the “Virtual Tour: A Reduced-Carbon Footprint Concert Series” coordinated by Mark Dresser and Michael Dessen, together with new pieces by Dresser, Dessen, and Nicole Mitchell. Sonifications of data streams on variable stars from the NASA Kepler Mission were shaped as an ongoing “cosmic stream” component of the piece, together with musical concepts including interaction and harmonization with cosmic sounds, creating perception of synchrony across local and extreme distances, exploring the nature of closeness and distance beyond physical characteristics, the nature of sound in a vacuum, and cultural and human levels of synchrony.
San Diego Performers: Nicole Mitchell, flutes, Michael Desson, trombone, Myra Melford, piano, Mark Dresser, bass
New York Performers: Jane Ira Bloom, soprano saxophone, Min Xiao-Fen, pipa, Ray Anderson, trombone, Matt Wilson, drumset, Doug Van Nort, laptop and sonifications, Sarah Weaver, conductor
Kepler/K2 Mission Data Collaborators: Jon Jenkins - Analysis Lead for the NASA Kepler Mission, Senior Research Scientist, SETI Institute, NASA Ames Research Center. Professors William Welsh, Jerome Orosz, and Donald Short, Astronomy Department, San Diego State University. Madeline Huberth, CCRMA, Stanford University. Daniel C. Fabrycky, Assistant Professor, Department of Astronomy and Astrophysics, University of Chicago.