Distaff Sketch A
Distaff Sketch B
DISTAFF / live performance / cello, harp, trumpet, double bass, dance collective, prepared strings / 2010
Strings stretched across the performance space and threaded into a double bass and harp are operated by dancers who generate elements of the music that perpetuates their motion. This motion bows the harp and double bass, producing unique sounds that the musicians could not produce independently. The strings become a catalyst for sound and motion creating a visual and spatial connection between the musicians, dancers and performance venue.
This project was produced as a collaboration with the Good Women Dance Collective and musicians Megan Kahn, Kate Woodman and Russ Whitehead in Edmonton. I composed the music of the piece, developed the concept and designed the strings.