Opus Zoo Woodwind Quintet will give the American Premiere performances of Edward Smaldone's "What no one else sees..." at the Port Washington Library (October 15 at 3 PM) and LeFrak Concert Hall at Queens College, (October 16, at 12:15 PM). The work was commissioned by the Opus Zoo quintet, a group of young professionals in Copenhagen, Denmark. The ensemble gave the world premiere in Copenhagen in September 2023.
about the piece the composer writes:
"What no one else sees..." is in three movements (Fast, slow, fast) and is entirely abstract in nature. There is no story, only notes, rhythms, harmonies and colors derived from the endless possibilities of the ensemble.
The title is derived from an idea found in a recent book by Rick Rubin titled "The Creative Act: A Way of Being." In the book, Rubin talks about the creative process and how it is manifested. The idea that a creative person "sees" something before it is there, and then "sees" things in ways that no one else does seemed to fit well with the idea of this piece. The energy and spirit of the music is what the music is about."