drops on a living surface

Program Notes
This piece imagines the cone of a loudspeaker as a thin barrier between the physical and digital world -- a surface for drops of electricity to come alive. These drops begin quietly, almost bell-like, and accumulate into a majestic, electric rainstorm.

Biographical Sketch
JP Merz is a composer originally from Janesville, Wisconsin. He is pursuing a degree an MM in composition at the University of Colorado-Boulder. In addition to composing, he is particularly interested in music technology and free improvisation, and performs on guitar, viola and electronics with an eclectic variety of groups. His work, ten minutes, was selected as the 2013 Colorfield Festival call-for-scores winner and was premiered by the Colorfield Ensemble in Madison, WI. Other works have been performed by the Lawrence Symphony Orchestra and the Lawrence University Percussion Ensemble and read by the NOW Ensemble and the Lux Quartet. He is the recipient of the 2013 James Ming Scholarship in Composition. He has also had performances at N_SEME and NYCEMF. He holds a BM in composition from Lawrence University where he studied with Asha Srinivasan and Joanne Metcalf.