With generous support from New Music USA for our 2016-2017 season, MPLS (imPulse) commissioned three new choral works for premieres in diverse and non-traditional Twin Cities venues. We received an overwhelming response from local, Minnesota-based composers with creative submissions.
Our Tales From the Deep commission was a work titled Out of the River of Tuoni by Ian A. Cook (Red Pine Music Press). Drawing from the performance venue, Lake Monster Brewing Company, Ian’s submission is centered around legends and folk tales from the deep. Ian took inspiration from the Finnish story of Kalevala for his winning, and truly stunning work. Premiere: February 3 & 4, 2017
In July, MPLS (imPulse) held a joint performance with In The Heart of the Beast Puppet and Mask Theatre for a performance title changed to Won’t You Be My Neighbor, a performance in celebration of Minneapolis’ Phillips Neighborhood. The performance featured a long list of community arts organizations and a police-guided parade to a nearby park where we led a community sing. Our commissioned piece for this performance was Un Mundo Bello (Beautiful World), written by Scott Senko. Scott utilized texts drawn from interviews with community leaders in Phillips to put together his winning submission. We were thrilled with the results! Premiere Date: July 28, 2017
Our final project, Gardens Are Prolific, had to move performance dates due to a scheduling conflict with our CSA partner. This did not have an impact on the submission and selection for our composition winner, Michael Atwood, with his winning score The Gardener, drawn from a text by Rabindranath Tagore. The premiere for this work will take place on May 11 & 12, 2018. A live recording will be submitted to this page following that date.
MPLS (imPulse) received overwhelming interest in this project, with 8-12 submissions for each project, which we felt was a lot considering the narrow material we were looking for within the state of Minnesota alone. We ran into trouble with documenting the pieces. Our venues in February and July (especially February) were not suitable for a live recording. Ian Cook’s website features a rehearsal recording of his work, but it too, is not an ideal space for a recording. Our partners for July do have a video, which they are currently editing for our use. We will provide a link to Scott’s premiere when it is available. Finally, our venue in May 2018 is an ideal candidate for a live recording, which we will provide following that performance.
MPLS (imPulse) wants to personally thank our followers, fans, and most importantly, New Music USA, for supporting our project to commission local, living music. Thank you!