Premiere: Cascade by Colin Malloy

Post updated. June 4, 2016. with photos of the SOU Percussion Ensemble performance at Southern Oregon University. Photos by TPD

Original post May 9, 2016 by Colin Malloy
     My new composition, Cascade, will be premiered by the amazing SOU Percussion Ensemble on May 17, 2016. Cascade is for three channel soundscape and percussion. The soundscape is made entirely from sound recordings made at the Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument; and the scores for the players are made from photographs of the Monument. 

The Musical Score and Percussion Instrument

The Musical Score and Percussion Instrument

View from Pilot Rock by Colin Malloy © 2016
Above & Below: VIEW FROM PILOT ROCK. sunlight through trees. Cascade siskiyou national monument Images BY COLIN MALLOY © 2016

Above & Below: VIEW FROM PILOT ROCK. sunlight through trees. Cascade siskiyou national monument Images BY COLIN MALLOY © 2016

Colin Malloy, 2015 Grant Recipient, friends research fund

Colin Malloy, 2015 Grant Recipient, friends research fund


     This project was born out of a desire to create music reflective of my life and experience in southern Oregon. Cascade is a sonic exploration of the life and landscape that comprise the Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument and our relation to them. It also takes advantage of its outdoor performance space. The piece is set up in such a way that part of the performance is directed away from each audience member, no matter where they are. Thus each person’s experience will be unique and audience members are encouraged to move around to experience different vantage points. 
     Cascade is made possible by the generous support from the Friends of Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument, the SOU Percussion Ensemble, and Terry Longshore.
     -- Colin Malloy, 2015 Grant Recipient, Friends Research Fund. 

The performance will be on May 17 at 2pm on the lawn in front of Britt Hall on the SOU campus as a part of the Southern Oregon Arts & Research Conference. Read Colin's field notes about his soundscape process.

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    Music and soundscape can inspire us to care for our national public lands. For several generations, hearing a few notes from the Grand Canyon Suite (1929-1931) by Ferde Grofe can evoke that dramatic landscape.
    On July 29 and 30, 2016, Britt Orchestra members and Music Director Teddy Abrams will perform outdoors at Crater Lake National Park. This world premiere composition by Michael Gordon, is a part the Imagine Your Parks, celebrating the centennial of the National Parks, founded in 1916. Free performance.