The University of Akron Dance Company presents its Spring Concert in EJ Thomas Hall at 7:30 pm on Thursday and Friday, April 13-14.
I have written the music for one of the pieces on the concert, and will be accompanying the dancers at the piano.
It was an amazing experience to work with choreographer Cydney Spohn on our piece "Esoterica." When we first discussed the project, she encouraged me to avoid writing music that suggested movement. She didn't want the obvious pleasing waltz or crazy czardas. I went away and wrote quiet slow music, appreciating silence as much as harmony. When Cydney heard it, she imagined an extraordinary mix of ballet and hip-hop, that fits with my concept, yet endeavors to fill the spaces between my piano chords.
What was fantastic about this collaboration is that I often imagine movement when I write music, yet have no way of realizing it. Cydney had the inspired vision to turn my music into dance, and thereby creating a wonderful blend of our artistic ideas.