Label: Black Truffle
Blumeよりリリースした1st LP[Embedded Environments]、2018年mappaから発表のLenka Novosedlíkováとの連名LP[Sisters]等、ケージ、ルシエ、エレン・フルマンといった巨匠達のリアライズも行いつつ、毎度その年のベストリリース的秀逸な作品を残す素晴らしい音楽性を持つ女性作家Sarah Hennies。静謐な点描ピアノとそれを掻き消すような怒涛のパーカッション乱打が交錯する、意識的と無意識の人間の心の関係に基づいた作曲という全56分の2019年傑作[Reservoir 1]。儚いピアノとガラクタの様な音響を奏でる打楽器の不穏な美しさに浸れる長編。
Black Truffle is thrilled to present “Reservoir 1: Preservation,” a gorgeous new piece by American composer/percussionist Sarah Hennies. Sarah's work explores a variety of musical, sociopolitical, and psychological issues including queer & trans identity, love, intimacy, psychoacoustics, and percussion. The “Reservoirs” are a series of three one-hour pieces based on the relationship between the conscious and unconscious human mind. Jung and Freud described the unconscious mind as a reservoir, a repository for memories that we don’t readily need access to, yet are kept forever somewhere in our minds. Specifically, Freud believed that one function of the unconscious mind is to store traumatic memories, filed away so that we don’t have to confront them every day. The conscious mind has no direct access to the unconscious, yet the unconscious is a constant yet mysterious presence in our lives.
“Reservoir 1: Preservation” is scored for piano and three percussionists, performed by Phillip Bush and Meridian, the long-running experiment in percussion, improvisation, and interpersonal relationships that includes Tim Feeney, Sarah Hennies, and Greg Stuart. In “Preservation” the piano functions as a constant, pervasive, but almost subliminal murmur amid the percussion playing that cycles through a variety of timbral and gestural areas, including gentle droning, frenetic scraping, and bricks violently dropped into metal buckets. The percussion group never interacts with or responds to the piano, while the piano subtly absorbs aspects of the trio.
“Preservation” was recorded, mixed, and mastered by Jeff Francis at the University of South Carolina and performed by Meridian: Tim Feeney, Sarah Hennies, Greg Stuart (percussion), and Phillip Bush (piano). Released in a CD digipak with design by Lasse Marhaug. Cover photo from Abby Grace Drake’s photo series, “Shopping Carts of Southside Ithaca.