World premiere performance of Rhizome For Evelyn Glennie by Rocco Di Pietro at Weigel Auditorium at Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio.
The piece premiered on April 14th 2010 and was coached by Jan Williams, and performed by Ryan Jewell, Matt Evans, Rocco Di Pietro and The Ohio State University Percussion Ensemble.
The composer writes: "To paraphrase Nono when he asked: "How can we present the cherished notion of the Maestro in new ways"--in the sense of someone who endures and resists the inadequacies of one or more models of rationality? Who feels oppressed by the unperceiving schematisms and constrictive mechanisms that bind us. With this in mind-lets think of the Maestra!
Lets think of Evelyn Glennie, for her wisdom, for it is she who 'listens' to vibrations, and it is we 'who have ears to hear,' that have the disability, because we do not listen. The "Rhizome for Evelyn Glennie" was begun in 2006 and is the first in a series of 'Healing Works.' The Rhizome deals with the pain of gallstones as drops of consciousness that contain the world rhythms.
And let us not forget Deleuze, for Deleuze is very much behind this work when he writes: A Rhizome may be broken, shattered at a given spot, but it will start up again on one of its old lines. You can never get rid of ants because they form an animal Rhizome that can rebound time and time again after most of it has been destroyed. There is a rupture in the rhizome whenever segmentary lines explode into a line of flight
A 'cultivated area' begins to take over the Rhizome in the form of a quote from my timpani piece Melodia Nera—a work first performed by Jan Williams. This cultivated area is even joined by the up-till-now separate drone ensemble, but there is a resurgence just waiting for the Rhizome to return. An end object is placed like a tag at the coda in the form of a timpani melody, to bring the work to a close, but the drone ensemble continues and contains a principle of heterogeneity buried with it that which will insure that the Rhizome will return."