Solos are in the trumpet 4 (with electronic delay) and alto 2. The trumpet soloist’s delay can also happen from the sound board in performance if you don’t have trumpet electronics available. But you should make sure the soloist hears the delay in the monitor.
The doubles in this are very minimal, so minimal that the clarinet parts could maybe be played on alto if necessary. And, while I enjoy accordion on this piece, if you cannot find one, is not a deal killer in playing this piece, but you will miss it somewhat, especially on the ending. The score is written for: 5 reeds, 4 trumpets, 3 trombones (lead needs harmon), 1 bass trombone, accordion, guitar (electronics essential), piano, bass, and drums.
Recorded as the title track on Data Lords, this piece was commissioned by the Library of Congress Da Capo Fund with support from the Rena and David Logan Foundation in memory of David Logan. It premiered on April 15th, 2016 at the Library of Congress in Washington D.C.
This is a very dystopian piece, where artificial intelligence takes over by the end, destroying humanity. Dark as that sounds, it’s a fun piece to perform. But, in order to play this piece successfully, you most definitely need a guitar player who uses pedals and revels in electronics. The drummer should be a very capable player, equipped to play a deep groove, but with lots of rhythmic density, as the piece need it to build intensity without resorting purely to volume. “Loud” isn’t the name of the game here – rhythmic density is. Both the trumpet and the alto need to be strong improvisers. The conductor’s role in this piece is also very important, because the rubato horn figures during the the trumpet solo have to be solidly conducted while a groove continues beneath. Likewise, during the alto solo, the rhythmic "bounces" are rhythmically dictated by you through to the very end of the piece. If you’ve been waiting to feel more “essential” in front of your band, or simply would like to burn a few calories, this will give you that moment you’ve been waiting for! It’s a workout.
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