“ColoringBook for the Harpist” is a music video realized created from the musical, visual, electronic and performative elements of my concert piece for solo harp from 1969.
The piece has a graphic score and introduced original ideas of notation in general and sound production on the harp. The composer provides a colored ready-made score and also, like with a children’s coloring-book, at kit for the performer to create his or her score from blanks outlines, cut-outs and stick-ons.
Sound is produced on the harp exclusively by using two combs of different sizes. Through practice and experimentation, harpists invented an array of rich cluster techniques which can be only produced by the teeth of the combs. In 2005, we created a concert version of the work using audio processing, live video projection of the performing hands, and a color organ and real-time projections using Isadora software.
Coloring Book For The Harpist
Music: Yehuda Yannay
Harp: John Manno
Image: Dale Kaminski
Videography: Jerome Fortier
Electronic Score: Kevin Schlei
Electronic Performance: Steve Schlei
Color Organ: Ruben Fortier and Dale Kaminski
Music Score Publisher: Media Press