About this Piece
The beginning of my life was spent in Chicago, and because my family is from the region I have
come back often over the years. One of my favorite places to go is the Art Institute where one of
my favorite paintings hangs “A Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte”. What I love about this painting is that you can stare at it from far away as one work and up close it becomes a completely different piece. The pointillistic elements all combine together with their unique individuality to form a cohesive piece. That is my goal for Whispers in the Wind.
Whispers in the Wind is a soundscape piece that involves listening and interacting with the ensemble as a whole. The individuality of each instruments timbre and performer’s response time is amalgamated into the whole. Although you may be slower to respond or may even miss an entrance remember: IT IS OK! Your contribution to this piece is only improved and magnified by the diversity of your fellow ensemble members.
In the wake of the BLM protests I have tried to become more cognizant of Black artists, authors and musicians. After finishing the powerful book The Hate U Give I realized how ignorant and short-sighted my own knowledge of Black culture and community is. This has led me on quite a journey discovering amazing podcasts (such as Uncivil, which I HIGHLY recommend) to literature and music which I’m trying to diversify. I think the most important thing that we can do as a society is listen to these oppressed voice and embrace the change that is coming.
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