Animated paintings, virtuosic drumming on flower pots, wheelbarrows and amplified pvc pipes, spoken word, laptops, Norwegian fiddle and Classical guitar come together in this hour-long piece, performed by Trollstilt and So Percussion.
The animated paintings, by Judy Trueman, are framed by a whimsical creative filter where older works of art (pieces by Matisse, Agnes Martin, and others) are re-imagined as gardens, and then abstractly painted and animated.
Music by Dan Trueman is performed with a "garden of instruments," including amplified tubes (the eToobs, reaching 10 feet in length!), terracotta pots, buckets of water, toy pianos, and a big blue wheelbarrow. A laptop is used to process these instruments and "paint" unusual sonic textures on a set of hemispherical speakers distributed throughout the ensemble.
Poems by Jennifer Trueman, inspired by the writings and quotations of these same artists, emerge from the "garden" as well, performed by Jennifer Trueman and Rinde Eckert.
More information about this piece: music.princeton.edu/~dan/five_and_a_half_gardens/index3.html
The video included here includes only the animation; the piece proper is a live performance piece, and seeing So Percussion perform with the various instruments is central to the experience. Some pictures of a performance: music.princeton.edu/~dan/five_and_a_half_gardens/workshopPics/index.html