The next Composer Spotlight for the 2019 Midwest Clinic conference features MCI composer Chris Evan Hass! His piece Volcanic Ash (2017) will be performed by the Donald Sinta Saxophone Quartet as part of their concert, scheduled to take place on Friday, December 20 from 12-1pm at Ballroom W190. Be sure to check out this performance and the other events featuring music written by our MCI composers! In addition, you can also stop by Booth 2008 in the exhibition hall to meet 10 of our members and learn more about our initiative!
The composer writes the following about the piece (program notes taken from his website):
"Volcanic Ash is a boisterous and lively piece for saxophone quartet, fusing the harmonic language of Middle Eastern music with the form, rhythms, and overall intensity found in heavy metal. The piece features constant meter changes, low open fifth ‘power chords’, and sweeping arpeggios, but is complemented by a calm and reflective chorale.
Volcanic Ash was written for Donald Sinta Quartet’s Composition Competition in 2017, taking Dan Graser’s advice of writing a quartet that is 'harder, faster, and louder' than my first saxophone quartet, Polar Vortex, in an attempt to challenge the incredibly talented ensemble."
Volcanic Ash is published through Murphy Music Press and can be purchased here. We look forward to hearing the Donald Sinta Quartet's performance of this work!