Veils is a solo for violin I wrote for Hollas Longton to perform for Why Can’t Minimal: Do This? at Open Space Arts on 30 Sept 2016. The concert is a Victoria Composers Collective event, and I’m thrilled to be playing a solo of Hollas’ for solo bass and electronics, as well as ensemble pieces by Alex Jang and Lynne Penhale. A forthcoming blog post from Nathan Friedman will have more information (I’ll link here once it’s published). For tickets see the Open Space website.
The performance of Why Can’t Minimal: Do This will be set among the works of the concurrent exhibit by John G. Hampton, Why Can’t Minimal, a curation which engages with minimalist tropes in visual art. The call for participation in the concert therefore suggested that composers do the same for our medium, with a nod to the humour Hampton finds in minimalist sculpture. This initially set me back a bit. I’m not much for humorous absurdity in music, and my primary engagement with very quiet sounds threatened to come off as a surface engagement with the topic (“very quiet > not much happening > minimal > done”), so I decided to look for a new approach.