Daisy, Hold Into

Solo for Piano & Electric Piano

Premiered by Imri Talgam on December 5, 2017
In Elebash Recital Hall, CUNY Graduate Center, New York, NY.

program note: (by Matt Sandahl) Daisy, Hold Into takes as its starting point the aesthetic tensions that emerge between electronic and acoustic sound or more precisely, between pre-recorded material sounding from speakers and live material produced by traditional instruments. Rather than try and reconcile these two worlds, this piece lays bare the ontological differences between the two categories by means of simple juxtaposition. Extremely spare and austere musical material is distributed between an acoustic piano and an electronic copy of the same instrument, in a manner that foregrounds nuances of timbre and spatial diffusion. This technique of letting musical properties reveal themselves through juxtaposition becomes an operative principle of the piece in general, working across several parametrical registers. Contrasting musical states are not negotiated alongside any sort of continuum. Rather, they are placed plainly beside each other, interwoven into a kind of mosaic. There is no discursive logic or linear process guiding the music along, but instead an intimate sense of free play. This is music that encourages a child-like re- encounter with the world, with all of the freshness, sensuality, and strangeness that such an experience entails.