i remember waking up this morning feeling a bit lost. my memory was a bit hazy and i questioned myself of the events last night if they had occurred. it was like waking up from a dream, you feel lost and wonder around in your mind to attune yourself back to reality - yet none of it was at all a dream.
i am still currently a feeling a bit confused and a lost for words so I apologise in advance if my words scramble about and make no sense.
i had the pleasure of doing front of house and taking some pictures for Alex Turley's graduation recital which featured original compositions including a riveting saxophone concerto. it was like i had been sent into dream land and a world filled with rich misty textures with lines that float around in circles which embrace you.
the first piece was "Firefly", written for solo trumpet and electronics. i was instantly reminded of "The Back to the Future" theme from the initial three notes, although it was played gently rather than in a fanfare setting. the gentle melodic line was then joined in with electronics evolving the piece into an overcast of colours which quote - "like a swarm of fireflies" from the program notes.
"I Am Sleepless" scored for tenor and piano was to me a nooky gem. the harmonies on the piano were rare and flush followed by "shadowy" tenor voice which calmly hovered above the harmonies but also fearlessly dove into them grasping and unfolding even richer voices.
"To See a World in a Grain of Sand" was in complete darkness. (i was controlling the lighting for the concert and it i had bit inner satisfaction just turning off all the stage lights haha). this piece contained an angelic voice sample which was then digitally spliced to have them layer and phase with each other creating an atmospheric dissonance which quickly filled the room. the darkness of the hall engulfed the sound with it and brewed up the imagination of the audience.
the last piece and the "main course" of the recital was the saxophone concerto featuring percussion, harp, Alex on the piano and David Gioia on alto saxophone as the soloist. this piece is personal to Alex and David as they have been working on this concerto together for months and there is a lot of personal flavours thrown inside each person bringing out the qualities of one another. in three movements this concerto explores a strong octatonic scale embraces with rhythmic interactions from percussionist alongside thick vibrant textures from the piano and harp. truly this concerto was astounding not only in sound, but the charisma and energy exhibited Alex and David's passion for music which had definitely carried through the audience emotionally. (bravo!)
overall Alex's recital to me was like a dream. it felt like time had stopped and you were sent into a deep slumber, dreaming of new worlds filled with settings of beautiful melodic colours and clouds with rich lush textures. and that was probably why i felt lost and confused when i woke up today. it felt like yesterday didn't happen and that it was just a figment of my imagination.
it was truly inspirational to me.