Saturday, November 17, 2012
Amy Beth Kirsten at Copland House
We went to Aaron Copland's house yesterday to work with Amy Beth Kirsten on her new piece Fire Balloon! Amy is the current composer staying there (composers are offered multiweek residencies). It's a wonderful home and the perfect space for working on music. All around the house are framed handwritten scores by Copland, photos, and posters from concerts.
Fire Balloon is the latest commissioned piece by my Emerging Voices Project. It uses an original text by Amy Beth Kirsten about fire balloons (hot air balloons). She grew up in an area with lots of hot air balloons and mimics the unique sound of the burners turning on and off. We will be premiering the piece this weekend and taking it on tour with the other commissioned works from our 2011 CD.
We also spent some time interviewing Amy for my composer talks series. We hope to get the video online within the week. Many thanks to New Music USA's MetLife Creative Connections program for partial funding of our project.
And yes, the above photo is the Copland House's mailbox.