Screaming Shapes (2017) for amplified flute, bass clarinet, violin, cello, fixed electronics, and dance
Premiere: 11/18/17; Kaleidoscope Chamber Orchestra and Iris Company; Walt Disney Concert Hall; Los Angeles, CA
Audiogenic epilepsy, extreme puppetry, fricatives on the verge of intelligibility, and a guessing game of identifying who is doing what. Based on a poem by Nick Volpert outlining his visceral response to the 2016 United States sociopolitical events, a live amplified quartet duels with an electronic quartet, flickering between harmonious commingling and bouts of grating friction.
clinging to a smooth surface scratching fingernails backwards
tippest top in the empty air
looming untouchable up ahead
a golden wheel made of wheels
curling in horror, screaming shapes to fill the yawning gulf
a pin I wear to ensure I’m always small
unending over and over like a river for centuries
not quite! not quite! not quite!
— Nick Volpert, November 8, 2016