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Elastic Rhymes

Elastic Rhymes” explores how complex rhythms can appear to expand and contract in different musical surroundings, using asymmetrical elements of traditional Bulgarian folk music and melodic call and response techniques found in West African music. This elastic rhythm concept is found in the music of many cultures and is often used to induce trance as it distorts the predictability of a rhythmic foundation.

Flute
Soprano Saxophone
Alto Saxophone
Tenor Saxophone

Trumpet in Bb I, II
Trombone I, II, III

Electric Guitar I
Electric Guitar II

Electric Bass

Piano

Voice I (Jazz Alto)

Violin I / Voice II (Jazz Alto)
Violin II
Viola
Cello

Percussion (2 players)
Crotales
Sus Cymbal
Drum Set

All and None

“All and None” explores rhythmic hemiolas over the time signature 5/4. The piece explores the complexity in nature between small particular patterns that are easily recognized and larger cyclical patterns that are barely recognizable due to their scale.

Flute

Acoustic Guitar
Electric Guitar
Oud

Electric Bass

Piano/Synthesizer

Voice I (Jazz Alto)
Voice II ( Jazz Alto / Clap)

Viola

Clap (2 or more players)
Percussion (2 players)
Gung-gong w/ 2 sticks each (possible substitute: Low Tom 16-18” w/ thick drumsticks) Tabla, Electronic Kick Drum

Dance in 3, Move in 2

“Dance in 3, Move in 2” focuses on polyrhythms that emerge from a fast tempo in 3/4 & 2/4, inspired by rhythmic cycles found in traditional folk music of the Ewe people of southeastern Ghana and the Dagomba people of northern Ghana.

 

Flute / Alto Flute

Acoustic Guitar I
Acoustic Guitar II
Acoustic Guitar III

Electric Bass

Harp

Piano

Voice I (Jazz alto)

Violin I / Voice II (Jazz alto)
Violin II
Viola
Cello

Percussion (2 players)
1 Gung-gong w/ 2 sticks each (possible substitute: Low Tom 16-18”w/ thick drumsticks)
Vibraphone (soft mallets)
Electronic Kick Drum
Crotales (bowed
Clap

Sunlight Spread

“Sunlight Spread” focuses on repeated rhythmic phrases that leap in and out of conventional time signatures, creating layered, overlapping patterns. The piece draws from elements of son huasteco folk music from Mexico.

Tenor Saxophone (solo)

Acoustic Guitar I
Acoustic Guitar II
Oud

Electric Bass

Piano

Voice I (Jazz Alto)

Violin I / Voice II (Jazz Alto)
Violin II
Viola
Cello

Percussion (2 players)
2 Gung-gong w/ 2 sticks each (possible substitute: Low Tom 16-18” w/ thick drumsticks)