cello and boombox (2009)
Bloom for cello and boombox is written for Joshua Roman, with support from an American Composers Forum Subito Grant. It is the ninth work in a series of compositions for solo instrument and electronics. Originally the idea of having a boombox involved was simply for reasons of efficiency - so that Joshua could perform it easily whenever and wherever he desired. But as I worked I also found myself creating an electronic part that is more raw and "in your face" than usual, and taking into consideration the context in which I think of listening to a boombox - with a smallish group, probably of friends, in a gathering under a tree, in someone's home, or maybe on a beach. A very different listening space than a concert situation! The title refers both to the music developing from bubbling textures into a dense soundscape, and also to Joshua's sunny disposition.
Joshua Roman, cello
Recorded at MajorWho Media
pre-recorded CD played on boombox
Duration: 8 minutes
Premiere: April 6, 2009
Joshua Roman at Music With A View, Flea Theater, New York, NY