Happy to share with you the premiere of my piece “A TUNE FOR AMER’S HORN” for French Horn, Piano, and Double Bass, which was premiered on May 6, 2022, by the International Contemporary Ensemble at the 2022 MATA Festival, at National Sawdust in Brooklyn, New York.
Dedicated to my friend Amer Slim, this 12 minutes piece includes an introduction and four consecutive acts, inspired by the historical sound of the horn used as a calling instrument during hunting trips, this piece describes the effect of the Horn sound on the prey’s psychological state during different situations that the prey can live while being chased. Through several extended technics that the modern French horn can deliver, the composer recalls the elements of the Arabic “Maqam” world and the traditional Arabic dance rhythms, including microtonal intervals, and pushes the performer to discover new sounds and colors on the instrument.
Wil Dannenberg (French Horn)Musicians from the International Contemporary Ensemble
Kyle Motl (double bass)
Wilden Dannenberg (piano)
About Mata Festival 2022
May 6, 2022, @ 7:30PM
National Sawdust | Brooklyn, NY
From solo to quartet, this was a night of small ensembles with no electronic assistance. Each composer showed what is possible with the manipulation of acoustics and instrumental physics, defying visual expectations and embracing the beauty of compositional imagination.
IN THE PROGRAM:
Christian Dimpker: N. 11 (String Quartet 1)
Francisco del Pino: Un pez dorado
Shuyu Lin: In a Station of the Metro
John Aulich: Green, or Beautiful in Green
Travis LaPlante: The Obvious Place
Piyawat Louilarpprasert: Double Shuttering Sprinters
Wajdi Abou Diab: A Tune for Amer’s Horn
International Contemporary Ensemble & Travis LaPlante, sax
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