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Diaries, for piano and ensemble  (16:53)
In four movements:
-Machine with Cat Whiskers
-Machine with Roller Chain
-Machine with Messiaen
Daniel Pesca, piano
Eastman BroadBand Ensemble. Juan Trigos, cond.
Commissioned by the Orchestra of the League of Composers/ISCM
Diaries is a collection of (mostly) short pieces for piano and large ensemble written in 2012. The individual titles of these movements reflect, like previous pieces of mine, a response to the work of American sculptor Arthur Ganson. They were composed rather quickly, unselfconsciously, "from left to right", and are based on a sort of "personal archeology" stance, whereby all initial motivic material was dug out of older works or sketches I had lying around. These pieces are, therefore, much more about what I felt I could do with the material to bring it back to life than about the integrity or alchemic substance of the material itself. What Calvino says about his own creative process applies to my own: "I have always aimed at...the motion that arises naturally from the image, while still being aware that one cannot speak of a literary result until this stream of imagination has been turned into words." Diaries was written for pianist Daniel Pesca.
© 2012, Carlos Sanchez-Gutierrez
Illustration: Carlos Sanchez-Gutierrez, sketch
The Eastman BroadBand Ensemble has performed internationally at the Festival Internacional Cervantino in Mexico, Festival SpazioMusica in Cagliari, Italy, and as Resident Ensemble at the 2008 Festival Internacional Chihuahua in Mexico. Recently, the group has also performed in New York City at Symphony Space's Sonidos festival, at the Americas Society, and at Miller Theatre of Columbia University, and gave the premiere of Garth Fagan's Edge/Joy, with the Garth Fagan Dance Company at the Joyce Theatre. The ensemble recorded in 2010 Zohn-Muldoon's Cantos, for Bridge Records and in 2012 Sanchez-Gutierrez's Diaries for Urtext Records.
Score, parts, and compact disc recordings available at www.carlossg.com