Shot at the Belvedere Hotel in Baltimore with Dilettante Dance for promotion of "MoveMusic", a concert-culmination of ongoing collaborations between area choreographers, dancers, composers, and musicians. New and original work was created for the performance which ran at the Patterson Theater, sponsored by Baltimore's Creative Alliance.
DWR worked with the Dilettante Dance company creating the piece "Wake Me When It's Over", an exploration of the nocturnal and the varying states of consciousness bridging wakefulness and sleep. Loosely following a theme and variations structure the music for solo guitar draws many musicals quotes from pertinent repertoire including the introduction: Benjamin Britten's Nocturnal. Other quotations are taken from Evard Grieg's Peer Gynt Suite and from Alban Berg's opera Wozzeck.
As the music descends from the introduction into a post-wakeful world, melodies, harmonies, and rhythms float timelessly in fragments sometimes taking distinct shape while at other times remaining vague and slippery. Familiar music mingles with alien tones in a fluid and dreamlike sound scape as the listener (and viewer) is transported from a cozy fire-side nap to a thrashing, violent nightmare, and finally, once again, returned to wakefulness as the music coalesces into a clearly defined meter with an almost classical sense of melody, form, and progression.
These photos were taken at the Sumner Knight Chapel in Keene, NH in the Woodland Cemetery. The chapel offers truly extraordinary acoustics for recording to capture an organic and natural sound. Ideal for acoustic instruments and voice, Josh Green and DWR recorded several tracks for their upcoming album in the chapel.
The shoot was impromptu after a cricket disturbed the quiet summer night. After an extended hunt for the creature proved futile, the reverberations of the space providing a convenient camouflage for the insect, sounding as if it were in many locations at once, the duo forfeited the recording effort for the evening. Asha captured these images as a postlude to a long day of tracking. A brief video (bottom) reveals the special ambiance created from the cricket's chirping.
David Ross- Guitarist - Adelita by Francisco Tárrega
Listen to the cricket's ambiance...
Pieces of Now
Photography by Jeffrey M. Lewis
Pieces of Now was written in collaboration with IBITDance. The hour-long piece is an elegy and a memorial for Alexis Giallella who passed away in 2013 at age 16 after a battle with cancer. Choreographed by Brenda Lynn Siegel, the work is an emotionally absorbing experience that honors it's dedicatee and also draws awareness to childhood cancer at large.
The work has been performed numerous times in the northeast in a variety of venues including The American Repertory Theater in Cambridge, The Latchis Theater in Brattleboro, and The Lebanon Opera House in Lebanon. Every performance raises funds to benefit childhood cancer research and treatment.
The music for the Pieces of Now was written for the solo guitar and developed with the company through many rehearsals. The process, a series of directed improvisations created while watching the dancers in rehearsals and later refined to a polished composition, yielded a rich synergy between the music and the dance. Throughout the course of the work the listener (and viewer) is led into many different moods and emotional states culminating in the crux of the piece, an arrangement of the traditional "Amazing Grace" fused with the folk and country styles introduced in the opening of the work.
Each performance was an emotionally trying experience for performers and audience members alike. A multi-media presentation of interviews with family members reflecting on the experience of losing Alexis was particularly striking. The effect of the work as a whole is haunting and leaves one with a sense of awe at the depth and fragility of human life and mortality.