Taproot New Music Festival:
“Renderings of Things We Couldn’t Take Home”
Sam Nichols, director
Performance at 2:00pm, repeated at 2:30pm. Please note that in case of rain, the performance will move inside to the Shields Library lobby, and will not be repeated at 2:30pm.
The UC Davis Percussion Ensemble (Chris Froh, director) will perform Jen Wang’s percussion quartet Renderings of Things We Couldn’t Take Home (2009); this performance is coached by graduate student composer Colin Minigan. The composer writes:
The primary sonic material of “Renderings” is bowed tremolo on tam-tam (or other gong). Throughout the piece, the vibraphone player chooses pitches that arise from the tremolos and plays harmonies derived from those pitches, building a harmonic world around starting pitches that will change from instrument to instrument, performance to performance. I think of music as often having a distinctive metabolism, an innate timing for when musical events happen and how long listeners have to absorb and make sense of them; “Renderings” arose because I wanted to center the musical metabolism of the performers, and create a loose framework within which performers have the freedom and agency to explore sound in a way, and in a time, that feels right for them.”