The Rush of the Brook Stills the Mind

Program Notes
The Rush of the Brook Stills the Mind for multi-percussion and live, interactive electroacoustics takes its inspiration from a poem with the same title by Wally Swist. The percussionist’s virtuosic foray through Swist’s evocative work pairs acoustic and electroacoustic forces into a single entity. The Rush of the Brook Stills the Mind was commissioned by percussionist Scott Deal and is dedicated to him.

The trail flashes
with sluices of snow melt.
Silver-green undersides

of hemlock life in the wind.
A warbler’s electric call
climbs all the way

up the mountain slope.
That hidden waterfall
we promised to see

this spring unrolls bolt after bolt
of runoff that splashes
veils of water lace

over stones. The canopy
creaks with pine siskins.
Mist rises above snow.

The aloneness almost too much
for one man. The surge
of the brook crashes

around boulders; a sink hole
swirls and dips. Ripples
cascade in a basin

under deadfall to plunge
into a froth of torrent.
A nuthatch debugs

a fallen branch that rocks
in the current; and a mayfly
is blown above the spray.

--Wally Swist from Mount Toby Poems, published by Timberline Press
Reproduced with permission of the author. All rights reserved.


Biographical Sketch
Elainie Lillios’s music reflects her fascination with listening, sound, space, time, immersion and anecdote. She has received grants/commissions from INA/GRM, Rèseaux, International Computer Music Association, La Muse en Circuit, New Adventures in Sound Art, ASCAP/SEAMUS, LSU’s Center for Computation and Technology, Sonic Arts Research Centre, Ohio Arts Council, National Foundation for the Advancement of the Arts, and others. Awards include First Prize in the 2012 Areon Flutes International Composition Competition and the 2010 Electroacoustic Piano International Competition, Special Mention in the 2010 Prix Destellos, Winner in the 2010 Medea Electronique “Saxotronics” Competition, and First Prize in the 2009 Concours Internationale de Bourges, with recognition from Concurso Internacional de Música Electroacústica de São Paulo, Concorso Internazionale Russolo, Pierre Schaeffer Competition, and La Muse en Circuit. Her pieces have been performed at the International Computer Music Conference, Society for ElectroAcoustic Music in the United States National Conference, Australasian Computer Music Conference, Logos Foundation, Musica-Scienza, Festival Futura, and elsewhere. She has been a special guest at the Groupe de Recherche Musicales in Paris, Rien à Voir in Montreal, festival l’espace du son in Brussels, and June in Buffalo in New York. Elainie’s acousmatic music is available on Entre Espaces, produced by Empreintes DIGITALes. Other pieces appear on Centaur, MSR Classics, StudioPANaroma, La Muse en Circuit, New Adventures in Sound Art, SEAMUS, and Leonardo Music Journal. As a 2014 Fulbright scholar, Lillios will spend four months in Greece next spring, teaching and composing at the Municipal Conservatory at Thermi in Thessaloniki. elillios.com