new_areon_headshotLeading up to our Areon Flutes show, we will be writing about a few of our composers and performers! Patrick Castillo told us a bit about himself in an interview in preparation for the big show at the Center for New Music.

Be sure to check out the show at the Center for New Music on April 15. Read the preview in the Examiner.

Tickets will be available at the door, and rest assured we will have wine present.


PCastillo-101313I’ve admired Areon Flutes from afar for years and have been eager for an opportunity to work with them. The challenge of a project like writing for three flutes is an intriguing one for a composer: three like instruments means no tricks of orchestration to hide behind; on the other hand, the invitation to experiment and invent one’s own color palette is a great stimulus to the imagination. For any composer, getting to undertake a project like this, and with an ensemble like Areon to boot, is a killer gig.

In the conception of this work, sections were thought of in descriptive terms—in turn, and to varying degrees, technical and poetical—which it might be informative to share: Introit – meccanico – in which motivic figures emerge – flight (fancy free) – waterfall music – recap [of meccanico] – like the tide washing upon the shore, then receding back into the sea.These were inevitably corrupted over the course of the work’s realization. While writing, I had in mind various images: one was, indeed, the rising and falling of the tide; another was the evolutionary emergence of life from the ocean, and a return to the ocean. (I was subsequently reminded of this line from a Björk song, PCastillo-headshotwhich I love: “Your sweat is salty. I am why.”)

It’ll mean a cross-country flight for Bay Area audiences, but my newly formed chamber ensemble, Third Sound (.org), will be performing at National Sawdust in Brooklyn in early May (http://natsaw.co/thirdsound). The program is a follow-up to our recent residency at the Havana Contemporary Music Festival. The band will be playing music by Kati Agócs, Michael Harrison, Spencer Topel, and myself, along with works by Carter and Takemitsu. We will also present the premiere screening of Heard in Havana, a short documentary film by Zac Nicholson about the Havana residency (dig the trailer: https://vimeo.com/ 150925432).


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Interview with composer Patrick Castillo

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