This 12 minute work probes the unexpected musical profiles of the solo gong. After years of gigantically public statements in composing Bridge Music upon New York’s Mid Hudson Bridge and Tower Music upon the Eiffel Tower in Paris, I telescoped down to a strongly limited sonic palette in search of new expressions. Not the sonorities of a new age “gong bath,” this isn’t that; It is fully composed, an articulate, eloquent engine of ideas and musical exchange. The expectation of a gong as a loud, one-trick pony is upended in this atmospheric, introspective opus. Come re-discover with me the things we thought we knew.
Joseph Bertolozzi is a Zildjian and Vic Firth Artist.
Also on the program are Marylou & Jerome Bongiorno, whose work experiments with transforming paintings into immersive 3D video images, and Tessa Brinckman & Jane Rigler, whose interactive film and sound performance draws from mixed media, sound, movement, and contemplative practices.
Image by Rob Penner © 2012