LDPhoto110Lawrence Dillon’s Sparkling in the Dark for saxophone, bassoon and electronics will be performed by the Post-Haste Reed Duo, bassoonist Javier Rodriguez and saxophonist Sean Fredenburg on Tuesday, January 29 – 7:30 PM at the Harn Museum of Art on the campus of University of Florida, 3259 Hull Road in Gainesville. This will be part of the Duo’s performance at the 2013 Jubilus Festival.

That same evening, Dillon’s Poke will be performed by Low and Lower, cellist Brooks Whitehouse and bassist Paul Sharpe, 7:00 PM at Phillips Church of Phillips Exeter Academy, corner of Tan Lane and Front Street in Exeter, New Hampshire.

The composer writes about Sparkling in the Dark, “Early in my composition career, I made a conscious decision to focus on acoustic, rather than electronic, music. At the time, the effort required to keep up with advances in technology seemed all-consuming, with very little benefit.”

“In the Winter of 2010, I started hearing an elusive sound in my mind. When I analyzed what I was hearing in my imagination, I realized that it was a combination of bassoon and soprano saxophone over a constantly shifting, ringing accompaniment. It became clear that the only way this aural idea could be shared would be through an electroacoustic presentation. With the patient assistance of my colleague Michael Rothkopf, I dove into unfamiliar waters during the Summer of 2011 – waters I hadn’t splashed in for over thirty years — and the result was Sparkling in the Dark.” Hear Post-Haste Reed Duo’s performance of the work at http://posthasteduo.com/media/ and visit them at http://posthasteduo.com/.

Other composers on the Duo concert are J.S. Bach, Simon Hutchinson, Peter Swendsen, Lanier Simmons and Nansi Carroll. More about the concert and Jubilus Festival at http://amusicaloffering.org/?page_id=1441.

Dillon writes about Poke, “Subtitled a bagatelle on anti-social media, Poke is scored for cello and double bass, with a running (spoken) dialogue between the two musicians as they play, an argument taking place across various social media. Over the course of the piece, the two “text”, “friend” and “like” one another with increasing fury, as their virtual exchanges complete obliterate their real lives in a comic turn on the dark underbelly of our online politesse.”

A live video of Poke, filmed during Low and Lower’s 2012 Alaskan tour has gone viral. See it at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7mYPzl1itIc. Visit Low and Lower at http://www.brookswhitehouse.com/schedule.

For more about the Low and Lower performance, visit http://calendar.exeter.edu/EventList.aspx?fromdate=1/29/2013&todate=1/29/2013&display=Month&type=public&eventidn=7456&view=EventDetails&information_id=23517.

Visit Lawrence Dillon at http://www.lawrencedillon.com/.

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