Metaphysics_of_Notation_1November 19-22, 2014
Indianapolis, Indiana

I am co-hosting the PASIC Focus Day this year with John Lane. Our theme is “Images of Sound: Innovations in Notation”, and we have selected an amazing array of performances, presentations, and panels for the convention.

In addition, I will perform on one of the sessions: Mark Applebaum’s “The Metaphysics of Notation” (Thursday, Nov. 20, 11am). The session will feature multiple interpretations of the work, one of which will be by Caballito Negro (flutist Tessa Brinckman and myself).

Mark Applebaum’s “The Metaphysics of Notation” is one of the most provocative and innovative musical works of the 21st century. Commissioned by the Cantor Art Center at Stanford University, this museum-scale work is comprised of 12 large, graphic musical “scores”, really works of art, hand drawn by the composer. Each piece is ten inches high by 6 feet wide and is filled with evocative glyphs, images, and seemingly random numbers and letters. A “mobile” score accompanies the 12 wall-mounted scores and hangs from the ceiling. Beautiful to behold, the music is left for the performer to interpret as he or she sees fit. The version presented at PASIC will be a digital, scrolling version of the original artworks/scores. Applebaum states, “although I heard no music in my head when composing ‘Metaphysics’, I’m sure it is music.”


Also, the SOU Graduate Percussion Group has been selected to give the world premiere of Bryan Jeffs’ “Contactual Constellations”. The piece is for 3-6 players, performing on 6-8 large drums of varying sizes, the players being free to move between the drums during the performance.  Each drum has a different graphic score printed on its clear drum head and a camera mounted underneath to capture, and then project in real time, both the score and the performer’s rendering of the notation.  This unique visual aspect is key to the work’s goal of connecting the notation, the audience, and the performer’s interpretation into a singular experience – something that is often missing when interpreting graphic notation.

contactual constellations