composer

Faegre, Brendan

The music of Brendan Faegre (b. 1985, USA) unites the traditions within which he was formed: jazz and rock drumming, Hindustani classical, and contemporary concert music. Faegre's music has been performed around the ...

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Gods of Bird : for 3 percussionists and electronics / Brendan Faegre

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Subgenre: Percussion with electronics
Instruments: 3perc tape

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Opus Focus : for percussion and electronics / Amos Elkana

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Gods of Bird : for 3 percussionists and electronics / Brendan Faegre

Publisher's number: 20178
Genre: Electronical music
Subgenre: Percussion with electronics
Instruments: 3perc tape
Remarks: Commissioned by Slagwerk Den Haag.
Duration: 25'00"
Number of players: 3
Year of composition: 2020
Status: fully digitized (real-time delivery)

Description:
While walking through Joep van Lieshout's atelier, looking for musical possibilities in his sculptures, I stumbled upon his Early Bird from 2015. A few taps on the surface and I was enchanted. Each of its 100 flat metal surfaces rings out a clear, unique pitch. It's like a beautiful, bizarrely-tuned, three-dimensional, 4-meter tall vibraphone.
The percussionists play the role of three gods, descending from the heavens to help guide the four terribly lost Early Birds. Each bird believes itself to be a solitary genius, forging ahead in its own direction while climbing the rusty corporate ladder of late-stage capitalism. The birds are unaware of the fact that we are all welded together.
As the piece unfolds, the gods grow weary, finding the Early Birds completely unreceptive to their advice. The gods eventually resign and then die, as the humans kill their own gods by killing themselves (the death of the dreamer kills the dreamed).
Brendan Faegre

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