Program Note:My sons, Izaak and Declan, have profoundly changed and shaped the way I see the world. I initially set out to write a collection of vignettes about them, about childhood—a way to capture the beautiful, tender, and often silly and hilarious moments of their lives, but, my plans suddenly shifted after yet another all […]
davebied · Ferrum Michigan State University Percussion Ensemble Program Note: This piece comes from two kinds of music that I love: heavy metal and Indian Carnatic music. I spent a summer in Mysore, India studying Carnatic music—specifically, the mridangam, a hand drum which serves as the primary rhythmic instrument in the Carnatic music ensemble. My […]
davebied · Stomp (chamber ensemble) Conducted by David Biedenbender Program Note: The title, Stomp, refers to a heavy, syncopated dance with some serious attitude—picture a Saturday night jam session—in a barn—featuring a crazed country fiddle band and Jelly Roll Morton’s Red Hot Peppers.