(2009) for solo percussionist
The inspiration for do you? came from my personal studies of the social psychology principle of cognitive dissonance. This principle analyzes the ways in which individuals desire to be consistent with themselves and their actions in order to retain the positive view they have of themselves. A result of this analysis is the realization that we are all products of our environment more than we would like to think. These ideas manifest themselves in the music through the rhythmic complexities between the different timbres. In the first third of the piece, different instruments battle for the right to claim the time signature and the performer must resist giving in to these inconsistencies. After a reflective middle section, the performer asserts a rhythmic motif, which is expressed throughout the rest of the piece. The importance of this motif is then fully embraced before breaking down into a resignation of meter.
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Performance by Kevin Sakamoto
Festival of Contemporary Music, Berkeley, CA
Performance by Simon Gustafson at Luther College, Decorah, IA, Spring 2009