Tonight will be the premiere of my newest berimbau composition, Apenas Seja. It will be performed on the NIU Percussion Ensemble concert at 8 pm in the Boutell Memorial Concert Hall. Here are the program notes for the piece:
Apenas Seja (or “Just Be”) is a celebration of the past five semesters of composing for the Afro-Brazilian berimbau with Dr. Gregory Beyer. This sextet was written at a time when I was dealing with issues of self-confidence and my “artist statement,” so to speak. Writing this work helped me through that time and became a mental refuge that I could resort to for peace. One of the most inspiring mentors in my life once told me that I should just be, and everything will fall into place; this piece is dedicated to that philosophy. This composition explores various ostinati that pass through the ensemble, additive processes, and layered textures over seemingly simple and familiar harmonic progressions. Apenas Seja is also inspired by the music of Imogen Heap, the XX, and Emmy Rossum and is written for Projeto Arcomusical and the MeiaMeia song cycle.
I am looking forward to sharing this sextet with the community tonight! To see the performance on LIVE WEBCAST, please tune in here: