This is an interview in which a high school girl and her aging grandmother discuss life, love, and family. The source was an old cassette discovered in an attic nearly thirty years after the interview took place. My process of scoring this beautiful piece is described in detail here.
Rachel Pater of Richmond Story House goes into the jails and works with inmates on their stories. I was fortunate to get to score some of them. This is a piano improvisation which I created in real time while listening to Shatema’s moving reflection on the idea of “moving on”.
I have always been deeply moved by the sounds of nature. I find it centering to improvise on the piano while listening to nature sounds, and the field recordings by my friend Matt Wyatt have been an inspiring source for these impromptu scores. This one features a meadow on a late spring morning.