Vicki Ray, piano
Carole Kim, live video installation
as performed at REDCAT, LA
January 16, 2019
"River of 1000 Streams" is a dense, slowly evolving virtuosic piano piece in which a live/solo part is expanded by the addition of hundreds of "cascading echoes" (reappearing fragments of music) that appear kaleidoscopically in up to eleven simultaneous layers, creating thick clouds of (primarily) tremolos that gradually gain in density and volume as rich, drifting harmonies climb in a great arc from the very bottom to the top of the keyboard. "River of 1,000 Streams" was commissioned by Tressa Berman.
notes re: visual installation
I've long had a passion for the dialogue that can ensue between sound and image. I think of it less as a corollary translation and more as a resonating interaction, thinking of what makes for a more interesting conversation. For Rivers of Time, I've been enjoying thinking of what a "river of time" could be. This freed me up from thinking of "river" as water per se, and of "time" more like layers of relativity over any sense of linearity. Much of the imagery comes from the observation of light filtering through different materials and the act of drawing as a meandering thought process and definition of form. Morphing textures allow the micro to become a cathedral. Solidity dissolves and scatters as you surrender to the barely moving.