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Blemish

string quartet (2016)

Blemish began as reflection on the raw emotional response we as humans feel when experiencing moments of guilt, anger, fear, and sorrow. Over the past few years, I have become increasingly interested in creating works that incorporate music, text, and subtle theatricality to evoke the verbal and non-verbal thoughts and intentions behind the challenges often faced in communicating with one another. By combining poetry and other forms of written text within my work with physical gestures and staging, I have begun to create pieces that pull the audience and musicians into another world for a brief time.

 

Throughout this work, the performers combine chosen text with subtle physical gestures to reveal their growing emotional state, welcoming the audience into their own journey as they progress through the piece. This is further reflected in the set-up of the performers. By being lined up in a row, facing the audience at the same level, the performers are able to become wholly vulnerable in their individual experiences during the course of the piece.

 

This work was premiered by the Semiosis Quartet during the Cortona Sessions for New Music (July 7, 2016).

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Performed by Freya Creech, Nelson Moneo, Lauren Siess, Maureen Kelly

*Canadian Premiere Banff, Alberta, July 2017