Bob Stagner and Friends (including me)

Here’s a recent quartet performance for the Creative Music Hapeville series, with Bob Stagner (drums), Jeff Crompton (alto sax), and Roger Ruzow (trumpet). I’m playing trombone mostly, and some cheap toys.

Bob and I also played a duet.

Thanks to Jeff Crompton for running this series and bringing this group together. There is more to be heard at Creative Music Hapeville’s soundcloud and facebook pages.

September 26, Norton Arts Center, Hapeville, GA

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a few essays

I’ve just finished my Master’s thesis, Listening to Possibility: Randomness as Musical Material, and I’m making it available here. I’ve also uploaded a couple of other essays, written during my studies at Mills College and UC Berkeley in the last two years.

The View from Nowhere

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“Replacement,” a new work for dance

This spring, I had the pleasure to work with choreographer Rebekah Brown on her MFA thesis piece at Mills. The result is 17-minute work for soloist + 5 dancers, and 5 musicians + conductor, called Replacement.

In the group choreography, Rebekah explores ideas of synchrony and asynchrony, of proximity and distance. Individual dancers often share material but reorder it such that they are in a perpetual process of aligning and misaligning with each other. Subsets of the group often coalesce briefly before dissolving, while major formal moments are frequently marked by a group unison gesture. The piece is very roughly in two major sections–the first more lyrical and continuous, the second significantly more abstract, disjunct and experimental.

The music stands in the same relation to the dance as the dancers do to one another. That is, sometimes aligning relatively clearly, sometimes drifting into its own space and time. All musical material was derived and translated–subjectively, of course, and with great liberty–from the gestural material in the dance, but it is constantly being layered, reordered, randomized and used as source material for improvisation. The result, I hope, is one of a large, complex multi-media art object viewed from two independent perspectives simultaneously, its shape revealed non-linearly over the course of the work.

Rebekah Brown, choreographer, soloist
Peter Sloan, composer, conductor

Dancers:
Adrianne Cherry
Maya Haines
Sarah Shouse
Shannon Stubblefield
Ashley Yee

Musicians:
Tim Kim, violin
Kimberly Sutton, cello
Joshua Marshall, saxophones
Brett Carson, piano
Scott Siler, vibraphone, snare drum

Filmed Saturday, April 20, 2pm, in Lisser Theater at Mills College.

Brand new sounds

Please enjoy these two new recordings. The first is a realization of my graphic score search field by the Mills College improvisation workshop:

Here’s the score:

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I’ve also just heard for the first time my friend Andrew Jamieson’s and my performance of Steve Reich’s iconic Piano Phase. Check us out:

Andrew and I are planning a program of American minimalist process duets for April. Also, many of us at Mills are working towards a performance of Reich’s Music for 18 Musicians. This spring is the 50th anniversary of Reich’s graduation from Mills.

I have too many things going on right now…

Team!

It’s been a while. Things are good? Perfect.

At your leisure, please check out this new blog to which I will be a regular contributor. It’s called The Fly Bottle, and I’m writing it with my friend and co-conspirator, Sam Arnold. I wrote the most recent column, which is about brainless chickens. Intended audience is brainy humans.

Sloan out.