Butler Faculty Composer Showcase

 

Eidson-Duckwall

Recital Hall, April 20

4 stars

Gary

Walters led off with a literally off-the-wall composition and presentation:

"Wallpaper Music: Is Instrumental Jazz dead or is no one listening?" The audience

is looking at Meredith Gilna's line drawings of seven instruments adhered to

the wall of the stage above seven floor spotlights. A mime with a cardboard

wand enters. He shines a spot on a drawing; the instrument is heard. Spot

off, that instrument is silenced; another spot on, another instrument heard,

etc. The mime is in a frenzy. He seems willy-nilly to be popping spotlights on

and off and on and off but there's a melody to this madness as a haunting jazz

line wisps and weaves. How do these players make it happen out of sight of the

light, of the mime's pointing with the wand cum baton? Bravo to composer

Walters; Chris Murray, trumpet; Joe Longardner, soprano and tenor sax; Sam

Bivens, tuba; Nana Omori, jazz piano; Zane Merritt, guitar; Davison Robie,

bass; Scott Comanso, percussion and Matthew Van Oss, mimist.

Frank

Felice's "you drive Me nervous" plays off the title of Alice Cooper's original

song from "Killers." Just a bit crazy is an understatement. Nothing is

expected, anything can happen—and does. Thank you for the zany musical

ride that you can't hum to but you're not likely to forget: Anne Reynolds,

flute; Kent Leslie, horn; Davis Brooks, violin; David Murray, bass; Jon

Crabiel, percussion.

James

Q. Mulholland quipped, "If ever there was a composer at the wrong place at the

wrong time," but his "Two Poems for Cello (William Grubb) and Piano (Anna

Briscoe)," were lovely indeed as Gaelic interludes providing a return to what

we usually expect.

Let's

just say tenor Steven Stolen "owns" Michael Schelle's "Struwwelpeter." Seven

vivid episodes of naughty children are portrayed through poems set to music and

memorable acting. Richard Auldon Clark conducts Samantha Johnson, clarinet; Jay

Young, tenor sax; Catherine Bringerud, piano; Victoria Sparks, percussion; Max

Zheleznyak, violin; David Murray, doublebass.

Amazing.

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