PLAY! Concerto For Percussion Quartet, Vocalist & Orchestra (2023)
Play – a word of boundless meanings. For some, it offers an escape from life’s stresses, fostering creativity and imagination. Musicians play instruments, actors perform, and athletes compete. Yet, darker shades exist, like a child toying with fire or a devious mind playing psychological games. Fascinated by this word’s depth, I began a sonic exploration with the captivating Third Coast Percussion quartet. Together, we present PLAY! – a concerto in three movements for a percussion quartet, amplified vocalist, and orchestra.
In”Tick, tock, scrape, pinch, blow, hit, splash, rip,” we celebrate embracing unique visions that lead to magical encounters with kindred spirits. The movement includes narration, theatrical elements, sound effects, and foley. The second movement, “The Hour,” marks a journey of self-discovery, urging us to embrace inner brilliance and shine in the world. The final movement is an exciting virtuosic interplay between the soloists and the orchestra.
Play has always meant exploring new worlds and finding awe in the little things. As an artist, I seek connections through playful art, transcending differences, and worries, uniting us in a harmonious symphony of life.