An interaction (performance, if you insist) featuring six reflections on our relationship with the natural world. Water, wood, sand, air, metal and skin. Percussion as poetry. Exploring the environment we inhabit. For your consideration.
reflections is the second installment of the nature | human project by Matthew Duvall and beyond this point. The evening will feature Matthew Burtner’s Six Ecoacoustic Quintets for percussion which explore elemental human relationships with the environemtn through music. These pieces express the environmental, physical, mental and spiritual complexities of human-nature dialectics. As humans affect and control the natural environment, the changes we create reflect back onto our species’ behavior, psyche and imagination. The Six Quintets set up elemental systems of tension that point to this abstraction: Water (ice), Wood (pitch), Stone (sand), Metal (noise), Air (breath) and Skin (bones). These movements progress from the outward material affects of our behavior (melting ice) to our body and breath as material.