one of the best parts of my day was getting this great recording from Americana Orchestra, who gave this tune its sophomore performance in Los Altos this past weekend.
found footage, 8-bit music, casio + baroque organ on tape.
Today Friction Quartet visited Little Opera and helped the kids compose their opera overture. Gorgeous melodies, some screeching, and a very special ginger… pop. @arcowhip
Bella drew a pipe organ, and decorated it with sandwiches.
Phyllis Chen - toy piano (graphic scores, John Cage’s Suite)
Grades 1-5, Zion Lutheran School - toy piano (graphic scores), drawings
Danny Clay - small objects, electronics, arrangement + video
"five pieces (after John Cage)" is the direct result of a collaboration between myself, students (grades 1 through 5) of Zion Lutheran School in San Francisco, toy pianist Phyllis Chen, and a very important work for toy piano. After listening and discussing the five movements of John Cage’s Suite, the students (grades 1 through 5) created their own graphic scores corresponding to a movement of their choice. These scores were then interpreted in a variety of ways - by Phyllis Chen, the kids themselves on toy piano, and myself on music box, toy keyboard, Gameboy, toy reeds, and various other electronics. Among my own material, the resulting collage features approximately 60 mini-world premieres, grouped by the movement that inspired them and paired with their corresponding scores. The titles for each collage were written by the kids.
Five Pieces was commissioned for and premiered at the 2013 UnCaged Toy Piano Festival, Dec. 14th at the Dimenna Center in NYC.
tap-a-tune music box, viola, organ + toy bells on Skype
When in doubt, take kid scribbles and turn them into music box scrolls.
Beginner treble clefs #yikes