Sam Pluta, Tile Mosaic (After Chagall) (2010) | Chicago premiere

    Duration: 8:50 minutes
    Instrumentation: two percussionists and piano four hands
    Commissioned by Yarn/Wire

    The composer writes:
    “In a century of unspeakable horrors, Marc Chagall was able to make a new art out of light blue and pink pastels, pastoral scenes with lute-playing goats, wafting godlike clouds, floating nymphets and moondrenched lovers. Though thoroughly devoid of goats and gods, this piece is an attempt to make a similar music. It uses small sounds, joyful hues and playful counterpoint arranged in a sea of pastels; swirling and rotating — converging and dissipating.”

    About the composer:
    Sam Pluta’s music combines the visceral interaction of instrumental performers with reactive computerized environments, creating a unique sonic blend of instrumental and electronic sound worlds. Since 2009, Pluta has served as technical director and composing member of Wet Ink Ensemble, one of the premiere new-music ensembles in the country. He has written works for many groups, including Yarn/Wire, Ensemble Dal Niente and International Contemporary Ensemble. Most recently, he wrote a new string quartet for Spektral Quartet. He also is an internationally known electronics performer, improviser and researcher who has toured Europe and the United States with the Peter Evans Quintet, Rocket Science and the Evan Parker Electro-Acoustic Ensemble. He appears as a composer and performer on more than 20 albums of new music and jazz, and is most recently found on Genesis, a new album by the Peter Evans Quintet. Pluta recently joined the music faculty at the University of Chicago, after spending the last decade in New York City.

    For a PDF of the score, click here.