between the body and the breaking earth: a double bass recital by Rebecca Lawrence
Thu, May 13, 2021 5:30 PM, PDT
"Owning up to being an animal, a creature of earth. Tuning our animal senses to the sensible terrain: blending our skin with the rain-rippled surface of rivers, mingling our earts with the thunder and thrumming of frogs, and our eyes with the molten sky. Feeling the polyrhythmic pulse of this place -- this huge windswept body of water and stone. This vexed being in whose flesh we are entangled. Becoming earth. Becoming animal. Becoming, in this manner, fully human."
- David Abram, Becoming Animal
Please join me for my MM recital groupmuse on Thursday, May 13 at 5:30 PM! The 45-minute virtual concert will consist of four contemporary compositions for solo double bass, plus one movement of solo Bach, that have grounded, taught and inspired me over the last two years, and that I am pleased to share with you all.
The program is anchored by the works of three young composers who I have had the pleasure to work closely with throughout the year: Sarian Sankoh and fellow USC composers Hunter Long and Daniel Allas. Each brings a unique style to the double bass, and I'm proud to present world premieres of Hunter's and Daniel's pieces, as well as a performance of Sankoh's everythingfeelsthesame, commissioned last summer for Bass Players for Black Composers.
Contemporary works for bass are complemented by the works of Stefano Scodanibbio, a late 20th century Italian double bassist/composer who developed a completely unique extended language of techniques for double bass. And the center of the program is held by J.S. Bach, who, although he likely never encountered the double bass in his lifetime, might have been intrigued by the way the many registers of the double bass make his prelude to Suite no. 5 come alive like organ pipes.
Your contribution to my performance helps me compensate the composers involved, as well as the audiovisual crew and space used to film this event. Any leftover funds raised from this performance shall be donated to one of the following organizations working at the intersections of classical music performance and social activism. If you're not already familiar with these excellent organizations and their important work, please consider checking out their websites below and making a tax-deductible donation or sharing their work otherwise.
Hunter Long: Solo for Bass
Stefano Scodanibbio: Joke and On Turning from Sei Studi
J.S. Bach: Prelude from Cello Suite no. 5
Daniel Allas: this sounds cerebral in the midst of a bloodletting
Sarian Sankoh: everythingfeelsthesame