Like most, if not all, composers, the trajectory of my artistic path has been shaped by numerous challenges, opportunities, forces, and people that have come my way. Being a woman composer in contemporary music who is also self-taught in composition presented its own unique set of challenges and opportunities. Looking back, it is amazing to view the path my music has taken — from solo piano loft concerts in NYC before I knew how to notate music, to performing with East Village bands in downtown clubs, to orchestra premieres in the United States, Italy, and Brazil, and now to here, a performance at Carnegie Hall.
David Osenberg did a cool 2-part interview on my path as a composer on his show “Cadenza” on WWFM, The Classical Network.
About the piece in this concert: I draw inspiration from emotions that are often familiar human experiences. So, I believe the program note for Still Motion speaks to that universality of emotional experience. The inspiration for Still Motion arose from a combination of sorting through the emotional residue of year’s end and the impatient desire to move ahead with life with a new year’s beginning. It is a mix of edgy energy, reflective sadness, and strength of conviction.
Here’s a video I created a while back using the opening excerpt of Still Motion. Curiously, the title of the DCINY concert is “Perpetual Light,” which seems synchronistically fitting with this video: