We Bring Flowers
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Court Suite by Amanda Harberg a huge success!
The two new compositions funded by New Music USA form part of a much larger project. The #WeBringFlowers campaign is my way of dealing with current world affairs through the lens of a composer’s vantage point, trying to find healing through their way of dealing with troubling circumstances. Creating an outlet for anger and sadness through music is extremely therapeutic. Building community through art and the idea of creating a complete recital of socially conscious works for flute and piano, feels like a lasting antidote to violence in some way.
The only guidelines I provide the composers is that the composition has to be for flute and piano (auxiliary instruments allowed) and has to either confront, or directly revolt against the violence that is so prevalent in society today. The first commission by Amanda Harberg has just been completed and will be premiered at the National Flute Association Convention in Minneapolis, MN this year. The premiere of the Sonata will be on 08/13/2017 on the Celebrating American Women Composers program in Room L100 IJ from 11am-12pm. Ms. Harberg will be the pianist for the premiere.
Ms. Harberg’s solution was to turn to physical exercise as her way of making sense of the world. Court Dances for flute and piano is a 14 minute work in the traditional slow, fast, slow format with movement titles Topspin, Air de Cour and Match Point. Court Dances was a consortium commission of flutists across the globe and finished with a total of 57 co-comissioners!
Here is a list of all the contributors:
Christine Erlander Beard
Bel Canto Flute Academy
Cindy Anne Broz
Lisa Garner Santa
Lois Bliss Herbine
Mary Beth Norris
Beth Ross Buckley
Silver Flight Ensembles and Foundation
Julie Duncan Thornton
Mila M. Weiss
Tammy Evans Yonce
In addition to the great success of the consortium commission, I received word from Peter Westbrook, the Editor-in-Chief at www.flutejournal.com, that the article about the #WeBringFlowers project has been read over 2000 times. Here is the link: http://flutejournal.com/we-bring-flowers-amanda-harberg-consortium-commission/
After the Paris attacks in November 2015 I felt a strong calling to bring socially conscious art into the world. The #WeBringFlowers project is a two year long journey commissioning composers to write works for flute and piano that either revolt against or courageously confront the violence that is prevalent in modern society.
I was inspired after hearing a conversation between a father and his son following the Paris attacks. The toddler was understandably scared of what happened close to his home and was telling the reporter that his whole family would have to leave Paris. As people were putting down flowers for the victims, the father explained that flowers were more powerful than guns and that the flowers were there to protect them. The poise and courage that the father displayed will stay with me forever. I named the project after the concept of taking something beautiful and non-threatening and turning it into something that holds a tremendous amount of power.
The culmination of these commissions will be a tour with my duo partner Doreen Lee, presenting the complete recital of socially conscious works. The tour will conclude with a Carnegie Hall recital in New York City.
A father and his little son share the most heart-warming conversation during an interview at the scene of the Bataclan attacks.
Nathan Hall, composer and Creative-in-Residence developed an installation of recorded voices in the bridge between old and new buildings of the Denver Art Museum.
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