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Mayer / Kuehne / Molinaro - Dapple Grey

from Synesthesia by Gamelan Dharma Swara & Mayer / Kuehne / Molinaro

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Mara Mayer, composer

A structured improvisation for cello, violin, and bass clarinet. Composed with a graphic score, images are added and removed during the performance to signal shifts in tonality and texture.

Do you hear what I see? I know, I know, I've said it all before. You are music to my eyes, but it's not like that at all. This is music from my eyes—and it's just now coming into focus. You see, you think I'm on the straight and narrow, but this is real game changer. I can't see straight so I bend it. I'll go this way. You go that way. Take a picture, this won't last long.

From the composer: Dapple Grey is a structured improvisation piece designed with a graphic score. The underlying drone is central to the piece and is represented graphically by a simple straight horizontal line. The other sounds and textures in the piece are prompted by various drawings being placed before the performers at intervals throughout the piece. The inspiration for this piece is the subject of visual perception, specifically how context changes one's perception of an unchanging object. The object is represented by the low drone, and the shifting textures color how we interpret this one sound. When performed live, an audience member is asked to conduct the piece by adding and removing individual drawings whenever they feel that a texture change is appropriate.


from Synesthesia, released February 1, 2013
Valerie Kuehne (Cello), Mara Mayer (Conductor, Bass Clarinet, Suling), Joey Molinaro (violin)


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