MUSIC

 

HEAVY MATTER [2012]

trombone [ 10' ]

commissioned by William Lang

RECORDINGS

Listening Through 2016 released by Indexical. Weston Olencki, trombone.

 

PERFORMANCE HISTORY

3/2/2018 - Juna Winston. NUMU: Neue & Unentdeckte Musik. Baden, Switzerland.

11/20/2017 - Kevin Fairbairn. HCMF Shorts. Huddersfield, UK.

11/4/2017 - ELISION Ensemble [Ben Marks]. Redland Performing Arts Centre. Queensland, Australia.

10/20/2017 - ELISION Ensemble [Ben Marks]. Big Medium. Austin, TX.

9/18/2017 - William Lang. Framingham State University. Framingham, MA.

6/30/2017 - William Lang. University of Redlands. Redlands, CA.

5/16/2017 - ELISION Ensemble [Ben Marks]. Arts @ 29 Garden. Harvard University. Cambridge, MA.

4/21/2017 - Eric Starr [San Diego New Music]. The Athenaeum Music & Arts Library. La Jolla, CA.

4/11/2017 - William Lang [Loadbang]. Center for New Music. San Francisco, CA.

3/27/2017 - Matt Barbier. Monday Evening Concerts. Los Angeles, CA.

1/5/2017 - William Lang. Silvana's Cafe. New York, NY.

12/13/2016 - Stephen Menotti [Two New]. Unerhoerte Musik. Berlin, Germany.

12/5/2016 - Matt Barbier [Ensemble at CalArts]. CalArts. Los Angeles, CA.

11/30/2016 - Stephen Menotti [Two New]. Z - Zentrum für Proben und Forschung. Frankfurt, Germany.

11/29/2016 - ELISION Ensemble [Ben Marks]. Hellerau European Centre for the Arts. Dresden, Germany.

11/25/2016 - ELISION Ensemble [Ben Marks]. Vojvodina Cultural Institute. Novi Sad, Serbia.

11/19/2016 - Matt Barbier [WildUp]. National Sawdust. New York, NY.

10/5/2016 - ELISION Ensemble [Ben Marks]. RMIT Gallery. Melbourne, Australia.

9/18/2016 - Matt Barbier. Automata. Los Angeles, CA.

9/11/2016 - Matt Barbier. The Lilypad. Cambridge, MA.

9/11/2016 - Weston Olencki. The Lilypad. Cambridge, MA.

8/3/2016 - Weston Olencki. Internationales Musikinstitut Darmstadt. Germany.

7/13/2016 - ELISION (Ben Marks). Melbourne Recital Centre. Melbourne, Australia.

6/28/2016 - Juna Winston. Szene Instrumental/Studio Dan. KGBL. Ljubljana, Slovenia.

6/21/2016 - Juna Winston. Mumuth Proberaum. Kunstuniversität Graz. Austria.

4/9/2016 - Weston Olencki. Southeastern Louisiana University. Hammond, LA.

4/7/2016 - Weston Olencki. FOCI Arts. New Orleans, LA.

3/26/2016 - Weston Olencki. Permutations. Dimenna Center. New York.

3/11/2016 - Weston Olencki. Indexical. Santa Cruz, CA.

3/6/2016 - Weston Olencki. Hot Air Music Festival. San Francisco, CA.

3/2/2016 - Ben Marks. Queensland Conservatorium. Griffith University. Brisbane, Australia.

1/12/2016 - Matt Barbier. BetaLevel. Los Angeles, CA.

11/7/2015 - Weston Olencki. NUNC. Northwestern University. Evanston, IL.

11/1/2015 - William Lang. Spectrum. New York, NY.

6/11/2015 - Ensemble Praesenz [Stephen Menotti]. Galerie Schmidt&Handrup. Berlin, Germany.

6/10/2015 - Ensemble Praesenz [Stephen Menotti]. Galerie Schmidt&Handrup. Cologne, Germany.

5/27/2015 - Matt Barbier. BetaLevel. Los Angeles.

4/30/2015 - ELISION [Ben Marks]. RMIT University. Melbourne, Australia.

4/11/2015 - Weston Olencki. CCRMA. Stanford University.

4/1/2015 - Weston Olencki. Center for New Music. San Francisco, USA

3/27/2015 - Wild Rumpus [Weston Olencki]. San Francisco, USA. CCRMA. Stanford University.

2/21/2015 -  Kevin Fairbairn. Impuls. Graz, Austria.

1/23/2015 - Juna Winston. Claquekeller. Baden, Switzerland.

12/13/2014 - Juna Winston. Kunst Uni. Graz, Austria.

12/7/2014 - Stephen Menotti. Ackermannshof. Basel, Switzerland.

2/24/2014 - William Lang. DiMenna Center. New York City 

11/20/2013 - Juna Winston. Hochschule fur Musik. Basel, Switzerland

11/9/2013 - William Lang. The Firehouse. Brooklyn, NY

9/26/2013 - William LangNew York Trombone Consort. DiMenna Center. New York City 

8/12/2013 - Juna Winston. Virginia Commonwealth University. Richmond, VA

7/27/2013 - Juna Winston. Boston Conservatory. Boston, MA 

4/30/2013 - William Lang. MIKROS Festival. 109 Gallery. Brooklyn, NY 

4/26/2013 - Juna Winston. Acoustic Uproar. The Lily Pad. Cambridge, MA 

11/16/2012 - William Lang. Bargemusic. New York, NY

 

FURTHER READING

A Note to Index the Entire Weight of the Piece: A Conversation with trombonist Weston Olencki about Timothy McCormack’s HEAVY MATTER. FOCI Arts [Published August 30, 2015]

 

VIDEO

HEAVY MATTER by Timothy McCormack (Weston Olencki, trombone) from Indexical on Vimeo.

PROGRAM NOTE

HEAVY MATTER is comprised of molten sound: dense sound with weight and mass, sound which churns itself through unsettled, shifting forms, sound which is between states of matter. The gestures are solid enough to retain the semblance of shape while constantly altering forms and blurring registral boundaries. Through the piece, the material is subjected to what can be thought of as varying degrees of formal gravity, which then effect the solidity, density and rate of the sound. The flow of sound is constant, heavy, multi-directional and pressurized. The sound is not within a space; it is the space.

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