Probably too many of my recent posts are about upcoming concerts here, but I can’t ignore the fact that it’s a busy month for new music fans. Tonight is the student composers concert I wrote about last time. Tomorrow afternoon, Forecast Music will play a program called Brooklyn Sounds: Copland Meets the Moderns, with music by Eric Schwartz, John Corigliano, Timo Andres and Derek Bermel in addition to Aaron Copland. Click for details.
Coming on Tuesday is the Espina/Browne/Shteinberg Trio, with a program including Kenneth Frazelle’s Winter Turns, György Kurtág’s Hommage à R. Sch and Daniel Weymouth’s Echo Location and Echo, a Trifle. All of which makes lovely company for the NC premiere of my GPS Lady. Here’s what I wrote about it for the program notes:
One night, driving a rental car through rural California in search of a music festival, I found myself, at the insistence of my GPS, on a one-way dirt road. I had already been behind the wheel for a long time, and my ability to focus
was dissolving as the hours became wee. Unable to resist the cajoling
voice of my positioning system, I continued a ways down this dirt road,
hoping to find some sign of my destination. Instead, I encountered a
crudely painted board that said COME ANY CLOSER AND I WILL SHOOT.
Needing no further inducement, I put the car in reverse and backed out
the twisty, pitted path, no less in the dark than I was when I began my
journey. Unperturbed, my GPS patiently encouraged me to continue forward,
her soothing voice half persuading me that a quick bullet would be far
preferable to further thrashing through the darkness.
GPS Lady is a love song to technology, a rumination on our sometimes perilous relationships with these maddening and comforting devices — maddening because they can be so witlessly wrong, and comforting because no matter how bad things get, their confidence never wavers.
Much more about the concert here.