An Index of Possibility (2012) by Robert Honstein ~ 20 min
9 numbers (2017) by Jason Treuting ~20 min
Quilts (2016) by Matt Evans ~20 min
Honstein - an Index of possibility
Commissioned by TIGUE, Smoke and Mirrors, and Sonore Percussion, An Index of Possibility (2012) explores the secret world of sound in everyday objects. Using found sounds, homemade constructions, and cheap toys, Index unlocks a sonic palette exploding with color and variety. Cast in six movements, the music traverses a symphonic expanse, fluidly moving between ambient textures, visceral unisons and muscular virtuosity. A wistful lullaby tune, Repose, begins the piece. A kind of idée fixe, Repose will return two times, framing the three larger movements –Flicker, Flow and Burst. In Flicker piercing hits punctuate a tremulous layer of pulsating metal and wood. Flow begins with a mesmerizing rhythmic ostinato, gradually moving towards a strange and unexpected place as a new melody emerges on the tuned pipes. Long bell-tones signal a change of direction and then a second Repose appears only to be violently interrupted by the clangorous opening hits of Burst. Erupting into a wild torrent of rhythms traversing the full range of the setup, Burst is the work’s focal point. After barreling through Burst the final Repose brings the music to a hushed conclusion. While virtually the same as the opening, this last Repose feels somehow transformed, touched by the long journey of An Index of Possibility. (Robert Honstein)
Treuting - 9 numbers
Composer/performer/improviser Jason Treuting enjoys making pieces that translate numbers and letters into patterns of sound. In this commissioned piece for Tigue, Treuting squeezes a multitude of processes from a single sudoku puzzle crafting a three movement work for a tiny band of electric bass, toy piano and snare drum. Throughout the piece the instruments are reimagined — eventually deconstructed — and performed in pieces.
Evans — Quilts
Quilts are multi-layered textiles, traditionally composed of three layers of fiber: a woven cloth top, a layer of batting or wadding, and a woven back, combined using the technique of quilting, the process of sewing the three layers together. The pattern of stitching can be the key decorative element if a single piece of fabric is used for the top of a quilt, (a "wholecloth quilt"), but in many cases the top is pieced from a patchwork of smaller fabric pieces; and the pattern and color of these pieces will be important to the design. In the twenty-first century, quilts are frequently displayed as non-utilitarian works of art but historically quilts were often used as bedcovers; and this use persists today.