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A Page Out of Zen
for tenor and piano
I - A Page Out of Zen
Text by Stephen Campiglio
Duration - approx. 12 minutes
A Page Out of Zen was written for and with the assistance of David Tayloe.
I first encountered the poetry of Stephen Campiglio when I joined a “spoken word improv trio” with him and the drummer Jay Wood. I appreciated the imagery and the “rawness” of his poetry (especially when he is reading them to a drum and Fender Rhodes accompaniment), and asked him to send me a sampling of poems for a possible cycle. Of the collection he sent me, these four stuck out as a set almost immediately. They all have the same tone to me, and I felt that combined they would make a nice set. I sent them to David, who agreed, and I got to work. Three of the songs came very quickly, but I was having trouble with “Jarred”. I loved the poem, but I had trouble hearing it in a sung setting, it just kept wanting to be spoken. It was after a few failed attempts that I got the idea of only using part of the poem. But really that’s not the case, because the whole poem is in there, David just doesn’t sing most of it. And so, with the final piece of the puzzle in place, I finished the set.
This collection of notes is just a temp for now, so if you’re reading this then you are either David, his accompanist, or I have forgotten to replace the program notes and have sent it out…Either way, these pieces will be a fun set, and until I’ve had a little more time to think that’s all I’m going to say about them. Enjoy!
To be premiered by David Tayloe on April 10th, 2013.
The future: Bobby Watson and the UMKC Big Band will premiere Rhapsody for Dean Moriarty in Kansas City, MO.
The future: Ashly Evans will premiere Birdsongs in Houston, TX.
The future: Jeux pour Jumeaux will be premiered in San Francisco, CA.
spring, 2014: David Tayloe will premiere A Page Out of Zen.
November 21st, 2013: Ryan Ford will perform BA(da)SS in West Hartford, CT.
November 8th, 2013: Oboe Duo Agosto will premiere various techniques for oboe and english horn in Boston, MA
October 6th, 2013: Joseph Abad and Marko Stuparovic will perform Icarus on a CCI concert at the Wilton Public Library in Wilton, CT
May 26th, 2013: Joseph Abad and Marko Stuparovic will perform Icarus in West Hartford, CT.
April 22nd, 2013: Jordan Jacobson will perform fragments and memories with the HICO Orchestra in CT.
April 20th, 2013: Jordan Jacobson will perform fragments and memories with the HICO Orchestra in CT.
April 19-20, 2013: The UMKC Opera Dept. will perform portions of Songs from Behind the Curtain.
April 7th, 2013: Joseph Abad and Marko Stuparovic will premiere Icarus in West Hartford, CT.
February 21st, 2013: Not Death, but Love will be performed by the Ouroboros Quartet at a Misha-maya-gat event in Manchester, CT.
October 18th, 2012: Sheri Brown and others will perform Getz Going: A Suite for Eddie Sauter in Manchester, CT.
October 14th, 2012: Sheri Brown and others will perform Getz Going: A Suite for Eddie Sauter in Hartford, CT.
August 23rd, 2012: Sheri Brown and others will premiere Getz Going: A Suite for Eddie Sauter on a Hartford Phase Shift concert.
June 7th, 2012 7pm: A concert of the works of Ryan Jesperson will be presented at the Hartt School in West Hartford CT.
May 31st, 2012: The Invisible, Magic, Soccer Phone will be premiered in Middlefield, CT.
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