Lawrence Dillon’s Sparkling in the Dark for saxophone, bassoon and electronics (score and CD audio available from ACA) will be performed in two North Carolina performances - Thursday, August 30 – 9:00 PM at The Pinhook, 117 W. Main St. in Durham and Friday, August 31 – again at 9:00 PM at Mack and Mack, 220 S. Elm St. in Greensboro.
Alex Kotch will DJ, interleaving electronic dance beats throughout the sax and bassoon electro-chamber set. Clogs’ bassoonist Rachael Elliott (Durham) and Red Clay saxophonist Susan Fancher (Greensboro) plug in and join DJ/producer Alex Kotch for an exuberant set of chamber-electronica by NC composers, Alex Kotch and Lawrence Dillon.
The composer Lawrence Dillon explains, “In the Winter of 2010, I started hearing an elusive sound in my mind. When I analyzed what I was hearing in my imagination, I realized that it was a combination of bassoon and soprano saxophone over a constantly shifting, ringing accompaniment. It became clear that the only way this aural idea could be shared would be through an electroacoustic presentation. With the patient assistance of my colleague Michael Rothkopf, I dove into unfamiliar waters during the Summer of 2011 – waters I hadn’t splashed in for over thirty years -- and the result was Sparkling in the Dark.”