Pivot for viola and live electronics begins as an exploration of color and rhythm with the viola acting as a makeshift percussion instrument and electronics controller. At a certain point, pitched notes begin to appear and the piece shifts gears. A lyrical melody emerges, accompanied by a slow-moving harmonic progression created by electronic loops of notes from the melody. Using custom-designed software, the violist directly controls the playback of a variety of samples, combined with live processing that meld the acoustic and electronic into a hybrid super-instrument. Samples are taken from recordings of Steve Reich, James Brown, Helmut Lachenmann, Michael Jackson, Miles Davis, Ravi Shankar, George Lewis, Sly and the Family Stone, Dan VanHassel, John Luther Adams, and Buddy Rich.
The music of composer and multi-instrumentalist Dan VanHassel (b. 1981) has been described as “energizing” (Wall Street Journal), “a refreshing direction” (I Care If You Listen.com), and “an imaginative and rewarding soundscape” (San Francisco Classical Voice). His works create a uniquely evocative sound world drawing from a background in rock, Indonesian gamelan, free improvisation, and classical music. Recent performances include the Talea Ensemble at the MATA Festival, the International Computer Music Conference, Shanghai Conservatory Electronic Music Week, Bang on a Can Summer Festival, UC Davis Music and Words Festival, and the Wellesley Composers Conference. He has received grants from Chamber Music America, the Barlow Endowment, and New Music USA. Also active as a concert producer and performer on piano and electric guitar, Dan was a founding member of contemporary chamber ensemble Wild Rumpus and artistic director through 2016. Currently residing in Boston, Massachusetts, Dan has degrees from the University of California Berkeley, New England Conservatory, and Carnegie Mellon University.
Performer Biographical Sketch
An enthusiastic performer and advocate of new music, Kalindi holds degrees in performance from New England Conservatory of Music and Pennsylvania State University, and is currently pursuing a DMA in contemporary music performance at Bowling Green State University. Kalindi performs on a 2009 viola made by Filippo Fasser of Brescia.