"The President's Own" United States Marine Band
Joe Higgins, conductor
John Philip Sousa Band Hall Marine Barracks Annex
6/16/15 | Washington, DC | 7pm
USC Thornton Wind Ensemble
Sharon Lavery, conductor
Bovard Auditorium, University of Southern California
10/11/15 | Los Angeles, CA | 4pm
Winner, 2016 BMI Student Composer Award
Special Distinction, 2016 ASCAP/CBDNA Fennell Prize
Finalist, 2016 ASCAP Morton Gould Young Composer Awards
Honorable Mention, 2016 SCI/ASCAP Student Commission Competition
Selected Composition, 2015 National Band Association Young Composer Mentor Project
Winner, 2015 USC New Music for Wind Ensemble Competition
I am fascinated by multi-layered storytelling, and Spinning Yarns is a result of that fascination. Margaret Atwood's novel The Blind Assassin was a particularly rich source of inspiration. In this novel, each chapter is part of a different sub-novel. A crime novel is right next to a memoir which is right next to a science fiction story which is right next to a romance novel. The interaction between each of these layers creates a large and hugely dramatic narrative.
Spinning Yarns is a collection of diverse narrative threads stitched together into a dramatic musical tapestry. Like an Atwoodian multi-layered novel, the music oscillates between dreamlike uncertainty, chaotic heroism, sarcastic dancing, pensive sleepwalking, airy lyricism, and climactic hubris. As the drama unfolds, these disparate elements emerge, re-emerge, and inform and interact with each other.