Hosted by Percussion faculty member Ian Rosenbaum and Composition Faculty members Missy Mazzoli and David T. Little.
In April 2020, as lockdowns began across the US and in-person classes were cancelled, composers and Mannes faculty members Missy Mazzoli, Ian Rosenbaum and David T. Little looked for ways to keep their students connected with performers and with each other. They paired four composers (Zachary Catron, Scott Fish, Jonathan Wyatt and Thomas Nickell) with student percussionists (Zikun Zhao, Chia-An Yeh, Charlie Chang and Yueyi Liu), to create new works for the instruments, objects, dishes and cutlery the percussionists happened to have with them in quarantine. The resulting works explore the beauty and potential of the everyday objects around us, and remind us that there is potential for creative and joyful music-making in nearly every circumstance. These works are the latest in a robust lineage of works for household objects, including Frederic Rzewski’s To the Earth (for flowerpots), Lou Harrison’s Varied Trio (which includes rice bowls), and David Lang’s the so-called laws of nature (for teacups, wooden planks, and other everyday objects).
Please join us July 14th for the world premiere performance of these new works, followed by a panel discussion and audience Q & A with the composers and players hosted by Ian Rosenbaum, Missy Mazzoli and David T. Little.
1. Scott Fish - zoom
Performed by Yueyi Liu
2. Thomas Nickell - Leaks
Performed by Chia-An Yeh
3. Jonathan Wyatt - love letter
Performed by Zikun Zhao
4. Zachary Catron - Cereal Box Sonata
Performed by Charlie Chang