Leading up to the Phonochromaticism concert on May 29th at the Center for New Music we will be talking to our composers and performers to get an idea of how their brains work and releasing one or two per day leading up to the show.
Per usual, the composers will initially be anonymous, but you are welcome to read this (spoilers!) and give yourself a competitive advantage in guessing before the official announcement!
Who are you? What do you do?
Matthias: My name is Matthias McIntire – I’m a composer, violinist, violist, and teacher, originally from Toronto, Canada.
Liz: I started flute at the Brooklyn Conservatory of Music after two years of asking my parents for a violin. They didn’t want to listen to me scratching away but I kept asking, so they compromised by getting me a flute. I fell in love with it right away.
What about music makes you want to collaborate?
Liz: I was lucky to grow up in New York City, where I learned about music by attending the Young People’s Concerts with the New York Philharmonic and seeing Wynton Marsalis’ Jazz for Young People. I remember being struck by how many personalities the orchestra could have and more generally, music’s ability to bring many different people together. That’s something I find really motivating and strive to achieve in my projects now. If someone tells me that they related to or were touched by something I did, I feel like I’ve succeeded.
Why did you want to do this crazy project with us?
Liz: I’ve always thought the work of the Guerrilla Composers was interesting, and Nick approached me about doing something pretty soon after Phonochrome got off the ground last fall. I love playing contemporary music, so this project was an exciting way for us to commission and play new music while embarking on a project that explores our identity as an ensemble with diverse interests.
What did you write about… did any color jump out at you?
Matthias: My piece “Mackenzie Caverns” explores shades of the color violet as inspired by the image of a cavern; bright violet crystal structures sprouting from the deep, and the disquiet that might arise in the darker places.
How has the whole workshop process gone for you?
Matthias: This project with Phonochrome and the Guerrilla Composers Guild has not only been an exciting opportunity to workshop my music as a young composer, but also a platform for me to explore sounds and ideas inspired by color and the natural world.
This concert is generously sponsored by Gyre Music:
Gyre Music was founded in 2000 to promote the compositions of Frank Wallace, which are called “contemporary musical emancipation” by NewMusicBox.org. Gyre has published over 100 songs as well as dozens of solos and chamber works for guitar with flute, clarinet, mandolin, violin, English horn, cello, viola and piano. Scores are available as PDF downloads or fine Printed Editions with art work and design by Nancy Knowles. Many recordings of Wallace’s works are also produced by Gyre and are consistently praised for their sonic beauty. Gyre Music is at www.gyremusic.com.