(US) Going Under is my 2020 piece for 6 flat-gongs (gangsa) based on data mapping the numbers of Covid-19 infections during the first three months of the pandemic in 6 US states. A video of its first performance earlier this month in Oakland, CA has just been released online as part of the “Composite By the Numbers” series curated by Dayang Yraola in Metro-Manila, Philippines.
While its structure involves a sonification of clinical data, the twenty-minute piece is a meditation on the passing away of human lives we have been living through during this pandemic, and a sonic ritual focusing attention on the healing qualities of time and nature.
Thanks to all my collaborators on the piece: Johanna Poethig, Philip Perkins, Anne Perez, Brenda Hutchinson, Suddhu Tewari, Carly McLane, Brendan Glasson, and especially Dayang Yraola..
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The main focus of the Gratkowski-Brown-Winant trio is the process of instant composing. All three musicians have extensive backgrounds in both composed and improvised music, which allows them to compose pieces with a clear inner structure collectively on the fly. Besides clarinets, saxophone, piano and vibraphone, the trio also features live interactive electronic processing and percussion instruments like gongs, tam tams, bells and tympani. Sometimes the instruments are used with extended techniques to blend into a sound-world which makes it hard to tell who is playing what.
“My interest in new musical resources has changed from being based on timbre, rhythm and interactive electronics to pitch relations. I came to that with