The University of Alabama’s Sonic Frontiers concert series is pleased to present the spring finale of its 2012-13 season with a concert by NYC composer Aaron Siegel and the University of Alabama Percussion Ensemble at 6pm on Monday, April 8th on the Black Warrior River at the Park at Manderson Landing. The UA percussion ensemble led by Dr. Tim Feeney will perform Siegel’s hypnotic piece for eight glockenspiels, Science is Only a Sometimes Friend. Siegel’s piece welcomes audience engagement, so the public is encouraged to bring pitched instruments of any kind to take part in this interactive sonic experience. Music lovers should bring chairs and blankets to enjoy this sunset performance. A Q&A with composer Aaron Siegel will follow the concert.
Science is Only a Sometimes Friend was praised by Sequenza 21 as an “elegantly shaped and often beguiling soundworld.” NewMusicBox said “While you are listening to it, you feel like you have been teleported through a vortex of endless doorways which keep opening but ultimately never go anywhere, and that your journey will never end.” Science is Only a Sometimes Friend was named one of the Best Classical CDs of 2011 by Time Out New York, who also wrote that it “frees ambient music from its dour, eerie reputation [and] taps into a joyful flow of energy.”
Funded in part through NewMusicUSA's “MetLife Creative Connections” program.
About Aaron Siegel:
Aaron Siegel’s inquisitive and playful work represents a personal vision of how we live with and respond to the sounds of our world. Percussionist Jonathan Ovalle premiered his Dioramas for Prepared Vibraphone in Fall 2012 and Experiments In Opera premiered his new monodrama, The Collector, in February 2013 as part of its New Shorts concert. He is currently working on an opera for percussion, strings, singers and actors called Brother Brother, based on the lives of Orville and Wilbur Wright. He lives in Brooklyn, NY with his wife and son. For more information visit: aaronsiegel.net.
Aaron Siegel and the UA Percussion Ensemble perform Monday, April 8, 2013 at 6pm at the Park at Manderson Landing, Jack Warner Parkway at Hackberry Lane, Tuscaloosa, AL. Admission is FREE and open to the public.
The rain site for this event is the pavilion in the Park at Manderson Landing.
Video preview: Excerpt of Science is Only a Sometimes Friend performed in NYC’s Central Park by the Aaron Siegel Ensemble: http://youtu.be/mpd_bUNdPsg