For the longest time I’ve wanted to start a Contemporary Music Ensemble and that dream has come to fruition. While working on a number of occasions with a local composer, Rachel Short (a recent graduate of IUS), we’ve pulled together some resources and folks (as haphazardly as that might have happened) and concocted the Mothership Ensemble (the name which, as she said, “chose itself”).
I’ve talked with a number of local composers and musicians when i moved back to the Louisville Metro area about the idea of starting a New Music group, and ideas flew back and forth, but nothing really solidified. Over the past year or so I’ve been Rachel’s works for various events and as well as her senior recital. One piece of hers, Wormhole: Caesura (for voice and string trio), we’ve performed a number of times with pretty much the same line-up (with me on voice/cello).
Rachel has also written a solo cello piece for me which I played on her senoir recital and will play some movements of when the group plays at next month’s (January) Classical Revolution Louisville. At the most recent (December) Classical Revolution Louisville we were inadvertently introduced as the Mothership Ensemble and the name stuck which is a good thing since we’d been trying to come up with a name for nearly a year now! We’ll be premiering a work composed by me for Thai Saw Duang (Thai Fiddle), Viola, and Ching as well as a couple of Rachel’s works at January’s Classical Rev and hope to play more works by local composers in the near future. We’ve already got a number of pieces coming our way, and really look forward to getting them premiered, or just getting them new performances to new audiences!
I’m going to enjoy this latest adventure in my musical life!