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Joshua is back in the building after quarantining after his trip to Florida! He shares how excited he is to be back and also gives us a peek at the progress of construction on the building next door.
Joshua has composed a new Cello Quartet and used the grand acoustics of the Great Hall to perform all four parts himself. Layering the tracks together reveals the full breadth of the new piece, “Offshoot”.
In the digital short below (available only to subscribers until 10/26) Joshua talks about how his composition process has evolved since becoming Town Music Artistic Director in 2012. He explores how, sometimes, mistakes or frustration can lead to moments of inspiration and motivation and how being a performer and being a composer stretch different creative muscles.
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Raise your voice with us in this most unique collaboration between Town Hall Seattle, composer Noah Luna, poet Mike McGee, and singers like you! A composition for chorus has been written, and singers will be “performing” together, along with cellist Joshua Roman, by recording their voices and sending to our production team to assemble and share with our community online. The idea comes from Mike McGee’s poem “Widespread Orchestra”, a poem about singing to yourself during quarantine and hoping that someone, somewhere is singing too, and perhaps your voices make harmony together even though you are apart.
We would love any interested singers to contribute their voice to this project (deadline is Monday 10/26) and singing along with one of the rehearsal tracks detailed below. The recording you take can be done on any format: recorded into your phone’s “voice memos” app, recorded with your phone’s video camera like a youtube video, you can call the composer and sing it into his voicemail – any and every willing voice is welcome with any recording format.
It will certainly be much easier if you can read music and have sung in choir before, but the tracks below have also been prepared in several configurations, and there are several tracks with just your voice type alone. So, even if you don’t read music super well, but can follow along with the words and sing along with the pitches provided, you can give it a try!
Joshua is traveling to Florida to work with the Tallahassee Symphony. He’ll be updating us through his travels until he returns to Town Hall in a few days. In this update, Joshua talks about mask compliance at SEA-TAC airport, why he’s glad Town Hall is not producing in-person concerts at this time, and why he’s thinking about his mom today!