Hearing Metal 3

For the second time in a month I get to be a guest percussionist with the University of Alabama Percussion Ensemble directed by Tim Feeney. The concert is presented by Sonic Frontiers and features guest artist Greg Stuart. We’re performing Hearing Metal 3 by Michael Pisaro.

The work is for 16 suspended cymbals and electronics. The cymbals are bowed and activated by dropping beans, rice and millet on them. Such amazing sounds! Greg described one part of it in rehearsal as “listening to a radio tuned between stations.” If you know and love that sound (you know who you are), then you’ll understand why I’m so excited about tonight’s performance. If you’re bewildered or intrigued, you should come hear this. You’ll never listen to your radio (or look at beans, rice and millet) the same way again.

Tune into Hot Weather – Spinning on Air – WNYC

photo: David Garland

I’m a longtime fan of David Garland and his Spinning on Air show on WNYC, so I’m delighted to see the lineup announced for tomorrow night’s show, “Hot Air,” includes some of my music. Tune in tomorrow to WNYC or wnyc.org for the torrid details.