Face in the Abstract (excerpt)

johnolivermusic with Scup on March 31, 2012 22:57

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    The idea for the "Faces" series of orchestral works came to me as the result of a commission from the Windsor Symphony for a work inspired by the visual arts. For Windsor, I created "Face in the Abstract," which is inspired by the meeting of portraiture and landscape painting with Abstract Expressionism. The second and third pieces in the series were commissioned by the New Westminster Symphony. The second movement, "Face in the Sky," is inspired by the kind of dream state I find myself in while contemplating the shifting clouds of Vancouver. "Face in the Concrete" is inspired by the tension that exists in society between individual voices and stories, and the pounding of feet of crowds marching to the tune of the most awe-inspiring idea of the moment. Specifically, it was inspired by two images: that of a pacifist's face being pushed into the concrete by police, and the "nuclear" shadow" of an evaporated body in the concrete in Hiroshima after the bomb was dropped. The overall idea that unifies all of the pieces is a desire to create music that is at once familiar and new, and that creates a new visceral experience for the listener.

    Performed by the Windsor Symphony / JM Russell

    Published on the Centrediscs 2012 release "Forging Utopia" http://www.musiccentre.ca/cds.cfm

    Release date: Mar 31, 2012

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