Slow Motion for vibraphone & piano
"bright, catchy and ebullient"
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In 1979, Gary Burton and Chick Corea collaborated on a series of ECM recordings, which blended jazz, folk and Latin styles in an integrated and complex manner. Inspired by Burton and Corea’s chamber combination of vibraphone and piano and the almost classical approach to their music, I composed Slow Motion in New York City in the first months of 1988.
The title is tongue-in-cheek, as the body of the piece is quite fast and syncopated with a great deal of lively interplay between the two players. Along the way there are two contrasting sections that provide slower, simpler, and more meditative music. Still, the primary focus of the piece is on the rushing, buoyant interaction of the two instruments.
Slow Motion was premiered by Ken Hodes, vibraphone, and Deborah Jamini, piano, at The New School in New York City on 8 May 1989, as a part of a concert series I was co-producing at the time with composer Stefania de Kennesey, Music at the Crossroads. Recorded in 2009 by Eliseo Rael, vibraphone and Rob Frankenberry, piano, this work appears on the 2011 CD, IonSound Project (innova 797).
- vibraphone (percussion), piano
- Date completed:
- ca. 7:30
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