PIECE BY PIECE
Ravello Records proudly presents the digital single PIECE BY PIECE, the PARMA debut of composer Beth Mehocic (ma•ho´•sick). Her work of the same name is scored for flute, bass clarinet, trumpet, bass trombone, violin, contrabass, and percussion and is performed by the Moravian Philharmonic Chamber Players. Piece by Piece was commissioned by the Erick Hawkins Dance Company of New York City in honor of their former director and composer-in-residence, Lucia Dlugoszewski. Dlugoszewski is known for her developments in avant-garde music technique and experimental music; thus, Mehocic includes a number of these techniques in the piece, including pitch bends, rapid glissandi, muting techniques, and extreme ranges. These effects are made all the more striking by Mehocic’s kaleidoscopic orchestration—brassy wails, brittle string snaps, and nasally trumpet pervade the piece. Piece by Piece also creates the illusion of free rhythm and meter in a completely metered setting, with an energy that is constantly shifting. The rhythmic and timbral play result in a spirited, kinetic work, with each instrument always interacting with another. Each sound dances around, or with, or against the next—a vibrantly patterned collage of musical color.
Composer, poet, visual artist, filmmaker, and author Beth Mehocic is currently the Composer-in-Residence, Music Director, and Full Professor for the Department of Dance at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. She received her M.M and Ph.D in Music Composition from Michigan State University
Mehocic is deeply involved with the intersections between dance and music. Her music for choreography has been performed in Scotland, Australia, and Korea. Notably, her dance poem Shadows and video dance poem Hands were awarded a “Gold Medal in Innovation” for digital poetry, dance, and music at the 2005 International Taishan Congress of Cultures and the 19th World Congress of Poets in China. Her multimedia, multi-artistic pursuits were synthesized in her one-woman exhibit Poetic Visions in Las Vegas
Mehocic is a founding member of the International Guild of Musicians in Dance, the first guild in western history devoted to the advancement of concert dance music and musical education of dancers. She was also the editor for the Guild's Journal for three years
Piece by Piece was commissioned by the Erick Hawkins Dance Company of New York City in honor of their former director and composer-in-residence, Lucia Dlugoszewski
Mehocic has been proclaimed “Distinguished Composer” of the City of Las Vegas, and has been awarded the First Performing Artist's Fellowship in Music Composition from the State of Nevada
Photo by Louis KavourasBeth Mehocic (USA), composer, poet, visual artist, filmmaker and author received her B.M. in music composition from the Dana School of Music, Youngstown State University and her M.M. and Ph.D. in music composition from Michigan State University, East Lansing. She is currently the Composer-in-Residence, Music Director and Full Professor for the Department of Dance at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.
Dr. Mehocic has written over one hundred works for orchestra, concert band, chamber music, dance ensembles, theatre and film and her works have been performed throughout the United States, Japan, China, Korea and Europe. She has produced works in several Las Vegas Hotels including The Mirage, Caesar's Palace and the Las Vegas Hilton.
From 2000-16, several of her music compositions written for choreography have been performed at the Endinburgh Fringe Festival, Edinburgh, Scotland, the Adaliade Fringe Festival, Adalaide, Australia and for joint concerts between UNLV and the Korea National Sport University, Seoul, Korea. Her video dance poem Perpetual Motion with original music for vibraphone quartet, was also performed in Seoul, Korea and the video is in the Jerome Robbins Dance Library of the NYC Library at Lincolon Center.
Shadows, a dance poem with her original music, and her video dance poem, Hands were presented at the 2005 International Taishan Congress of Cultures and the 19th World Congress of Poets in Tai’an City, Shandong Province, China for which she was awarded a “Gold Medal in Innovation” for digital poetry, dance and music by the Peoples Republic of China.
As a multimedia performing artist, her music, poetry, visual art and dance were presented in her one-woman exhibit entitled Poetic Visions which was on tour in the Clark County Library Galleries in Las Vegas.
She has received several grants from The Nevada State Council on the Arts as well as receiving a grant for her participation in the China Conference. Her other grants include awards from New Music Across America, the Southwest Gas Corp., The Western States Arts Foundation and Meet-the-Composer as well as awards in music composition from ASCAP.
Her article "Learning to Dance with Live Music" was published by Dance Teacher Now and her article "Chamber Music in Las Vegas" was featured in the directory edition of Chamber Music America.
She was proclaimed "Distinguished Composer" of the City of Las Vegas by Former Mayor, Jan Laverty Jones and received commissions from New Music Across America, the Sierra Woodwind Quintet, the University of Utah for a musical score to a documentary film that commemorated fifty years of dance history at that university, as well as commissions from Artists Embassy International and the Natica Angilly Poetic Dance Theater.
She was awarded the First Performing Artist's Fellowship in Music Composition from the State of Nevada and became a founding member for the International Guild of Musicians in Dance, the first guild in western history devoted to the advancement of concert dance music and musical education of dancers. She was also the founding editor for the Guild's Journal for three years.
Release Date: March 10, 2017
Catalog #: RR7955
TRACK INFO / Credits
Piece by Piece for Flute, Bass Clarinet, Trumpet, Bass Trombone, Violin, Contrabass and Percussion
Markéta Soldánová flute
Tomáš Kuzník bass clarinet
Ondřej Moťka trumpet
Jan Pátek bass trombone
Vít Mužík violin
Pavel Harnoš contrabass
Ladislav Bilan percussions
Stanislav Vavřínek conductor
Recorded June 23, 2016 at Reduta Hall in Olomouc, Czech Republic
Producer Vit Muzik
Engineer Jan Košulič
Executive Producer Bob Lord
Executive A&R Sam Renshaw
A&R Brandon MacNeil
Audio Director Jeff LeRoy
Mastering Lucas Paquette
Art & Production Director Brett Picknell
Graphic Design Ryan Harrison, Emily Roulo
Marketing Scott Murphy
Piece by Piece for Flute, Bass Clarinet, Trumpet, Bass Trombone, Violin, Contrabass and Percussion was originally commissioned by the Erick Hawkins Dance Company of NYC in honor of their former director and composer-in-residence, Lucia Dlugoszewski who is renown as a pioneer in avant-garde music techniques and experimental music.
While employing several of Lucia’s favorite instrumental techniques such as extended ranges, pitch bends, rapid glissandos and muting techniques, this work is in no way an imitation of any of her work. It captures her sound ideal within more of a musical structure but gives the illusion at times of being rhythmically free even though Piece by Piece is completely metered.
– Beth Mehocic
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