Performed by Early Warning System: Vanessa Tomlinson, Michael Askill, Cameron Kennedy & Nozomi Omote
Composed by Erik Griswold
Video produced by Tangible Media
Give us this day combines orchestral percussion, found objects, and toy instruments in an exploration of deep grooves, driving rhythms and meditative sound textures. There is an ebb and flow throughout the five movements: interlocking patterns and syncopations in ‘Rise up’ give way to slow pulsing cycles in “Breathe;” hypnotic rhythms and biting metallic tones in ‘Cold steel’ yield to the plaintive mood of ‘Alone’ while ‘Punch the sky’ combines drums, tambourines, cymbals and toy melodicas in an exuberantly funky romp.
The musical ideas for Give us this day came together quickly. I was focused on creating a sense of immediacy, of being “inside” in each sound texture, and also creating a seamless flow from one idea to the next. As I was composing, the phrase “give us this day” popped into my head. I was intrigued at the way in which - taking the phrase out of context – it seemed to suggest not only a prayer, but a call to action.
Give us this Day was commissioned by the Los Angeles Percussion Quartet and Early Warning System, with generous support from the Australia Council for the Arts.