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Valerie Coleman

     

Red Clay & Mississippi Delta

Red Clay and Mississippi Delta is about my mother’s family and the delta region from which they hail, made into a Scherzo. From juke joints & casino boats, to Uncle Bilbo’s moonshine, hot tamales and kinfolk’s skin that looks like it’s drawn directly from the Mississippi river’s red clay. The clarinet solo of the beginning represents “Big Mama”, the matriarch of the family, while the bassoon solo (approx 2:20) is my take on that ‘bible thumping’ relative that everyone has in their own family.

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Hair, Cloth and Thread Movement 1: Mom’s Wisdom

In collaboration with visual artist Sonya Clark’s “Black Hair” Exhibit.

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Rubispheres III: Revival

Revival brings the fervor of old southern Baptisms held down by the river in juxtaposition to bebop. There is a spiritual renewal that occurs within a revival, full of shouts and dancing; the vigorous riffs and ‘punk-tuations’ drench the old school memory with a modern youthful sound. As doublings leap and shift within the orchestration of a simple composite melody, I felt motivated to transform woodwind instruments into a sound that is non-traditional, substantial, virtuosic and ALIVE!

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