Recap is a New Jersey percussion quartet, presenting works by six powerhouse composers on their debut album. Arlene Acevedo, Alexis Carter, Tiahna Sterling, & Aline Vasquez. Featuring TRANSIT New Music and Caroline Shaw.
with liberty… combines Lift Ev’ry Voice and The Star Spangled Banner played on metal pipes underneath two opposing battery units performing military-style drum cadences at different tempi. This represents the extraordinary effort required by Black Americans to reach the same level of acceptance and equality in society. As the composition progresses, military drum sounds coalesce into a harmonious unison, weaving both songs together, symbolizing a bright future for all members of our great nation, with liberty, and justice for all.
Traxler Studios (NYC) mixed and mastered Timber LIVE @ the 2014 Bang on a Can Marathon, Winter Garden, NYC. Released with Michael Gordon’s Timber Remixed, an A-list of experimental electronic artists on Cantaloupe Records (2016).
Andy Meyerson “performs” my work, Structural Harm. Created at Traxler Studios (NYC), August 2015 for Slashsound Records.
I wanted to write a piece for Andy Meyerson that was truly collaborative – not just the resultant composition, but the process by which the piece was brought to life. I sent Andy home with three MIDI drum triggers and asked him to improvise. He sent me back a MIDI map consisting of only attack points on a five-minute drumset solo: kick, snare and tom. As if he punched holes in a floating progression of chords, Andy provided the rhythmic material through which I sifted a collection of sounds. I then edited and organized sections to form and taste.
We collapsed each other’s compositions to create something whole – a clear collaboration lacking control.
Without one another, all cards must fold.