(an homage to Helen Frankenthaler)
performed at PTY, UVIC. March 2013
Sweeping gestures from the octet, mirrors the expansive and fluid motion of paint. Sounds from the ensemble and tape emerge and submerge, existing in the foreground and background simultaneously- staining each other and existing as one. The consistent interweaving in these two different elements create a forced conversation within a malleable soundscape.
Helen Frankenthaler (1928 - 2011) was known as an abstract expressionist, hugely influential in American postwar painting. She worked with early small-scaled watercolor paintings; later she translated these skills into her large-scale oil paintings. By pouring paint and using very few brushstrokes, she achieved a very fluid, watercolor-like effect in her oil works. Frankenthaler often exposes the unprepared canvas, treating it as a crucial component to the finished painting.
Composer, Electronics: Alanna Ho
Lindsey Herle, viola
Maria Wang, cello
Brendan McGuigan, double bass
Hudson Thorpe-Doubble, double bass
Katherine Brown, french horn
Kimberley Shepherd, amplified prepared piano
Aaron Mattock, percussion
Matt Kelly, percussion