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Copland UNDERSCORED: "Fine Lines" by Viet Cuong performed by Music from Copland House
"Irresistible" -- San Francisco Chronicle
"Alluring" -- The New York Times

"Fine Lines" by rising-star composer Viet Cuong was inspired by Pablo Picasso’s iconic line drawings. In each of them, Cuong explained, “Picasso was able to capture the energy and personality of a subject with just a line or two, as though each image had been distilled down to its very essence. As a composer I find many musical parallels to this, as I’ve always enjoyed making the absolute most out of minimal musical material ... Nearly all of 'Fine Lines' was composed by distributing single melodic lines between all the instruments of the ensemble -- it's almost as if the instruments are playing ‘connect the dots’ with one another. Doing this makes the simple musical lines sound more complex than they actually are, in the same way that Picasso turns single drawn lines into images with so much life." "Fine Lines" was Copland House's inaugural HARVEST Commission (2017), an outgrowth of the acclaimed CULTIVATE emerging composers institute, of which Cuong was a Fellow in 2014. This free, hour-long virtual program features Music from Copland House's complete performance of this vivid, delectable piece, and begins with an introductory conversation between the composer and Copland House Artistic and Executive Director Michael Boriskin, discussing the creative process, the intersections between arts and music, and the commonalities (and differences) among raw artistic materials. Also included is a post-performance, live Q&A between viewers and the composer. (Filmed and recorded by Jeremy Tressler, Dreamflower Acoustic, at The Reformed Church of Bronxville [NY]).

Music from Copland House artists: Beomjae Kim, flute; Moran Katz, clarinet; Curtis Macomber, violin; Alexis Pia Gerlach, cello; and Michael Boriskin, piano.

Aug 23, 2021 07:00 PM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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