arx duo (Garrett Arney and Mari Yoshinaga) performs in the NWEAMO 2020 piece by Alyssa Weinberg entitled Table Talk.
ABOUT THE PIECE: ‘Table Talk’ Table Talk was commissioned by Arx Duo in 2016 with the goal of exploring the concept of percussion “4-hands.” Taking the idea of piano 4-hand music and applying it to a shared percussion set-up, I was inspired to make one more parallel to a technique common to modern piano repertoire, that of “preparing” the instrument. Composed at the Avaloch Farm Music Institute, this piece for prepared vibraphone evolved as an attempt to stretch the idea of what a vibraphone could sound like, from exploiting the subtle timbral shifts of a single note to masking its identity completely through the combinations of other items placed on top of it.
ABOUT THE COMPOSER: Alyssa Weinberg’s music “…succeeds at the challenge of being at once contemporary and classic” (Ouest France) and has been described as “fearless… unapologetic… beautiful… transforming” (Kaleidoscope). Her work is deeply influenced by collaborations with other artists from literature, dance, and visual arts. Recent projects and performances have included works for the Aizuri Quartet, Arx Duo, Contemporaneous, Curtis 20/21 Ensemble, the Dover Quartet, Ensemble39, ensemble mise-en, Kaleidoscope Chamber Orchestra, the Louisville Orchestra, PUBLIQuartet, Sandbox Percussion, and Shattered Glass, as well as musicians Ricardo Morales, Philip Setzer, and Shai Wosner. She has received commissions from the Barnes Foundation, the Curtis Institute of Music, FringeArts and the Pennsylvania Ballet, Lake Champlain Chamber Music Festival, LiveConnections, Music from Angel Fire, Nadia Sirota, and One Book One Philadelphia. In 2013 Weinberg founded “duende,” a series for experimental music and dance in Philadelphia along with cellist Gabriel Cabezas and dancer/choreographer Chloe Felesina. The group presents events in a variety of settings and alternative venues, emphasizing equality between movement and music, with a deep exploration into the intersection of those two disciplines. “…informal settings can create a less elitist atmosphere and be the catalyst for meaningful conversations about art. With their commitments to creative collaborations and bringing their audiences physically closer to the art they create, duende is not just a show but a full artistic experience.” (Broad Street Review) Weinberg received an Artist Diploma from the Curtis Institute of Music, her M.M. in Composition from the Manhattan School of Music, and her B.M. in Composition and Theory at Vanderbilt University. Her teachers have included Richard Danielpour, Jennifer Higdon, Stan Link, David Ludwig and Michael Slayton. Weinberg began her studies as a doctoral fellow at Princeton University in the fall of 2016. To listen to Alyssa’s music please visit weinbergmusic.com