When the Clouds So Boldly Painted On the Sky...

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When the Clouds So Boldly Painted On the Sky... (Premier July, 2000) Composed in 1998, originally was composed for koto (a 13 string Japanese court instrument) and DJ rig, and was performed in Russia at the Moscow Conservatory by Dmitri Kalinen, and soon after in Beijing, China and Hong Kong. A year later this version was created for Hungarian harpist Eva Maros, and performed in Sarvar, Hungary, in the castle of the blood queen from the Dracula legend. Traditionally Koto works evoked quiet scenes of nature, especially involving water. In this work the middle string symbolizes the surface of a pond, and the notes above are turbulent cloudscapes, reflected upside down in the notes below the middle. The work is about storms -- inside us and on the outside...

Joseph Martin Waters, November 18, 2009


Joseph Waters (b. 1952) is a member of the first generation of American classical composers who grew up playing in rock bands. Throughout his career he has been intrigued by the confluence and tensions that entangle and bind the music of Europe and Africa. His interests include physiological, sub-cultural pattern seeking mechanisms and development of fractal cognitive models for understanding pattern recognition. Much of his work involves interactions between electronic and acoustic instruments. He is the founder of NWEAMO (New West Electro-Acoustic Music Organization). Each October the NWEAMO Festival travels between Mexico City, San Diego, Portland and New York City, presenting composers from around the world in concerts that unite the worlds of avant-garde classical and experimental electronica. He also performs and composes for the Waters_Bluestone_Duel, a collaboration with percussionist Joel Bluestone that explores the combination of live electronics and percussion, as well as SWARMIUS the virtuoso interdisciplinary quartet in residence at San Diego State University. He studied composition at Yale University, the Universities of Oregon and Minnesota, and Stockholms Musikpedagogiska Institut. Primary teachers were Jacob Druckman, Bernard Rands, Roger Reynolds, Dominick Argento, and Martin Bresnick.

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