More than a few audience members spent parts of the performance with their eyes closed as images floated through their heads in response to our music. Each time we play together we find ways to gently push and wiggle and blend into musical situations unique to our duo. Playing with Tom stretches me and stretches time.
Composer Scott Miller put me to work at St. Cloud State University teaching composition, lecturing and collaborating on two concerts, one in St. Cloud and one at Studio Z in St. Paul.
We took his piece The Strange Fine-Tuning of Our Universe that we performed at KISS2013 in Brussels a giant step further to where I can perform it on the road without him. A sad but practical decision.
I had a great time playing Kristian Twombly’s piece The Ship. A conceptual gem. And joining forces with the Fifth Column with Brett Wartchow, Nathan Hanson, Pat O’Keefe and Scott Miller at Studio Z could become a delightful habit if we can keep it up.
The latest newness I had the pleasure of taking part in was the launch of the label Unsounds’ e-store. The digital releases include THE HUM, a set of two works by bassist Joe Williamson and I which we played at the opening. The event was held at Splendor with a devoted audience, many of whom had never been there before.
Joe and I spent the next days creating new work for our next release.
Spread the word. Splendor is the place to be and Unsounds is the flavor of the year!
Getting from Athens to Bristol was almost as eventful as playing the concerts.
MAZE flew from Athens home to Amsterdam and then the next morning took off for Bristol, England. Dario, our bass player, got held up at security and missed the flight. Security is to be blamed for not recognizing a simple bluetooth pedal! After the travel day from hell, Dario managed to arrive just in time for the gig which was MAZE playing music to The Bell and the Glass and Screenplay films by Christian Marclay at Arnolfini.
One added benefit to playing at festivals is to catch up with old friends and colleagues and to meet new ones. One particularly special morning hour was spent hanging out with Ellen Fullman and witnessing her play her strings.
I had a free night on 19 February in Athens. My friend and colleague Nicoleta Chatzopoulou set up a lecture at the The Contemporary Music Research Center that founded in 1979 (and officially established in 1986) by Iannis Xenakis. The center revolves around artists and scientists exploring the boundaries between music, art, science and aesthetics.
We wove our way into lively discussions about composer/performer roles in the current European music life and got into the nitty gritty of composing for improvisers. Subjects that I’ve been pondering for over 30 years that are still ripe!
MAZE flew off at the crack of dawn on 19 February to Athens where we played a concert of works by Yannis Kyriakides at the Onassis Cultural Center. Besides rehearsing and playing, we had a chance to take a short walk to the Acropolis. It was a couple of days experience the very new next to the very very old.
Splendor Amsterdam has become the home of MAZE where we can rehearse, experiment, drink coffee and tea and show the world our stuff.
MAZE started our mini European tour in Splendor’s main hall on 18 February with pieces by Yannis Kyriakides and a premiere of RAW, a work of mine that will also be performed in Bologna in May. RAW will undergo further developments but the first go was a delight with resourceful and creative playing by the MAZE guys.