Jonathan Marmor’s “Short Stories” for the Listen/Space Commissions

This score is epic!  I am thrilled to get more totally brand new ideas about chamber music for our commissions!  Actually, I’m not sure if Jonathan’s ideas are very new or very old, based in music traditions I don’t fully understand.  I can’t wait to talk to him some more about this piece.  Jonathan presented some beautiful pieces at L/S in Brooklyn and we spent many days in rehearsals there for Clarinet & Synthesizers and Cattle in the Woods and several other crazy pieces.

Jonathan’s Short Stories is fifteen intense 25-80 second movements.  He writes “the instructions and rhythm notation conventions used are intended to force us to agree on a unique performance practice.”

Almost every note is ornamented in some way, with many lines in unison throughout the ensemble.  Short Stories, for flute, oboe, clarinet, alto saxophone, trumpet, violin, bass and vibraphone, is going to test our limits as an ensemble and take us to some seriously new places.

More about Jonathan here:

Animal Play performed by ensemble Mimitabu

Another score! Quentin Tolimieri’s Septet

Quentin Tolimieri presented a several concert length pieces of multi-channel electronic music at Listen/Space.  Dense, harmonically complex and often really funny, these pieces are some of my favorites.

For our commission, Quentin has written us a Septet for flute, oboe, clarinet, alto sax, trumpet, violin, and percussion.   I can’t quite put together what it will sound like when the ensemble gathers together next month, but my best guess is a microtonal march with a sweeping violin on top.  Can’t wait to find out!

More on Quentin’s music:

Dedalus playing Any Number of Instruments by Quentin Tolimieri