September 15 2012
bassoonists Dana Jessen, Saxton Rose, Rachael Elliott, Jeffrey Lyman, Lynn Hileman, Maya Stone, Michael Harley
EMPAC, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy, NY
is a trance-like experience for bassoons a reedy mass of pulsing and shifting textures. It is music that the listener enters into and lives in, a small-scale spectacle. Rushes
is based on the shortening and lengthening of patterns over a period of approximately one hour. These patterns are made collectively by the seven bassoonists through a subtle shifting of dynamic focus from one player to the next. This continual dynamic shifting gives the impression that the sound is traveling in space, and in fact it is. As the piece progresses, the speed of the patterns begin to shift. The music becomes polyrhythmic. At times they are stacked in many distinct rhythmic speeds. Over the course of time, these ebb and flow.