Movement of time, of water, of air and flame, of human beings: these are a few of my favorite things. Reckoning with the impossible calculus that instructs motions macro and micro, the closing of an eyelid, the surge of a wave, the peel of a race car around its track; this mesmerizing dynamism that is at once confounding and comforting is an increasingly irresistible pull for me.
Along these lines, I’m extremely happy to announce Elements, a four-part, multi-media (and multi-year!) series, exploring the physical, environmental, cultural, and philosophical/spiritual significance of the four classical elements (water, air, fire, earth), and the specific ways their movements have shaped the city of Philadelphia, its culture, and its history.
RIVERS, the first chapter in the series, is a picture of Philadelphia through the eyes of the Schuylkill and Delaware Rivers. Written for prepared piano and prepared cello (The Brooks-Delaney Duo), dance (Lea Fulton), and film (Ben Stamper), and funded in part by the American Composers Forum, The Eric Stokes Fund “Earth’s Best in Tune”, and The Speranza Foundation, performances are set for fall of 2014 with a DVD/download release to follow shortly after. Take a gander at the trailer below, and stay tuned for regular updates!
The river is of the earth
￼and it is free. It is rigorously
￼embanked and bound,
￼and yet is free. “To hell
￼with restraint,” it says.
￼“I have got to be going.”
￼It will grind out its dams.
￼It will go over or around them.
￼They will become pieces.
~ Wendell Berry, Give It Time, from Leavings