String Theory: Works for string orchestra/KINETIC + Pierre Jalbert
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Recording sessions with the Kinetic ensemble
Above is an mp3 excerpt from the first movement of ‘String Theory’, recorded by the Kinetic ensemble, Houston’s premier string orchestra, in January, 2020, in Houston. These sessions also included my other string orchestra works, ‘Elegy’ and ‘Autumn Rhapsody’. Once we have a CD release date, I will provide an additional update. It was a pleasure working with the musicians of KINETIC to bring these recordings to fruition. And a huge thank you to NewMusicUSA for the support!
Recording session with the Kinetic ensemble
Recording session – finally done
Recording session – on break
Recording Sessions with the Kinetic Ensemble
Some photos from the recording sessions of my string orchestra works this past January with the Kinetic ensemble in Houston.
String Theory Excerpt – Recording sessions with the Kinetic Ensemble
This is a video excerpt of my string orchestra work String Theory. This was part of our recording sessions with the Kinetic Ensemble in Houston on January 14 and 15, 2020. (This is a higher resolution video than the one below).
String Theory excerpt – recording sessions with the Kinetic Ensemble
This is a video excerpt of my string orchestra work String Theory. This was part of our recording sessions with the Kinetic Ensemble in Houston on January 14 and 15, 2020.
String Theory, Autumn Rhapsody, and Elegy – Recording sessions with the Kinetic Ensemble
We recorded three of my string orchestra works this past week in Houston with Brad Sayles: String Theory, Autumn Rhapsody, and Elegy. Huge thanks to Brad and to the Kinetic Ensemble for their amazing energy and artistry.
Recording sessions begin with the Kinetic Ensemble and Brad Sayles
We began recording sessions this past week in Houston with the Kinetic Ensemble and Brad Sayles.
Further rehearsals with the Kinetic Ensemble
Gearing up for the recording sessions! This is a video clip from our rehearsal.
Autumn Rhapsody in rehearsal with the Kinetic Ensemble in Houston
Here’s a short clip from rehearsal tonight. Gearing up for performances this weekend and recording sessions next week!
In rehearsal with the Kinetic Ensemble in Houston
We began rehearsals this week with the Kinetic Ensemble. We’ve been rehearsing Autumn Rhapsody, Elegy, and String Theory in preparation for 2 performances this weekend in Houston at MATCH (Midtown Arts & Theater Center Houston). Recording sessions will begin next week!
This project involves recording three of my works for string orchestra with Houston’s premier string orchestra, the KINETIC ensemble. We plan to do the recordings in Houston, Texas at Rice University’s Stude Concert Hall in January 2020. The three works in the recording will be String Theory, Autumn Rhapsody, and Elegy, each of which will receive its first commercial recording. These works have been performed in New York, Philadelphia, Los Angeles, Miami, and Houston, and our hope is to get them out to an even wider audience.
Formed in 2015, KINETIC is a collective of 16 passionate and diverse musicians who thrive on collaboration to create high energy, innovative, and world-class live performances throughout the city of Houston. Led by founder & Artistic Director, Natalie Lin, the ensemble can be seen performing in various traditional & nontraditional spaces around town like at MATCH (Midtown Arts & Theater Center), in art galleries, schools, and hospitals.
String Theory (2016) was written for the East Coast Chamber Orchestra (ECCO) and also performed twice by KINETIC during the 2016-17 and 2017-18 seasons. Elegy was written for the Eastern Music Festival Orchestra, Gerard Schwarz, conductor, and Autumn Rhapsody was written for the Vermont Symphony Orchestra, Jaime Laredo, conductor, for their Fall concert tour; it has also been performed by the New World Symphony. KINETIC will perform Autumn Rhapsody during the 2019-2020 season in collaboration with Musiqa in Houston.
Each of the works has in common the exploration of a variety of string textures and techniques, as well as the contrasting lyrical and rhythmically driving possibilities with the instruments. Each work also features solo writing for some of the principal players.
String Theory is in three movements: Partials, Timeless, and Rhythmus. The work takes as its inspiration the idea of dynamic vibrating strings, referring to both the musical instruments and the theory of quantum gravity. In terms of the string instruments, the idea of dividing a string in various ways to produce harmonics (Partials), sustaining long held tones (Timeless), and rapidly moving the bow back and forth along the string (Rhythmus) all played a part in the work, as did the idea of vibrating strings propagating through space-time and interacting with each other in various ways. Elegy takes as its point of departure a slow, lyrical chorale which gradually grows and transforms into a more forceful statement. Autumn Rhapsody contrasts a lyrical, mysterious opening with the faster, more animated and energetic music which forms the bulk of the piece.
I am excited to work with the amazing performers of the KINETIC ensemble and Grammy-winning recording engineer Brad Sayles. It will be fantastic to have these premiere recordings of my string orchestra music available commercially and I look forward to making this project come to fruition.
A video of the Enso String Quartet playing Pierre Jalbert’s Icefield Sonnets (3rd movement – North is a Notion)
Excerpts of Pierre Jalbert’s Violin Concerto, Steven Copes, violin, St Paul Chamber Orchestra, Thomas Zehetmair, conductor
Start and End Dates
12/03/2019 — 06/30/2020