Review of [REDACTED], for viola and tape

Here’s a snippet about my recent electro-acoustic work, [REDACTED] for amplified viola and tape. You can read the article in its entirety here; there’s lots of love for all those amazing works, covering both last fall’s Crazy Jane concert, as well as the recent Blackout concert from the end of January.

Portland composer Jay Derderian’s austere [REDACTED] for electric viola and tape sounded the most up to date, not least because of its birth during the recent National Security Agency privacy intrusion scandal and its consequently ominous atmosphere, produced by the viola’s raspier timbres and pitch bending. Like others on both programs, its length exceeded its ideas, but the probing music offered a piercing contrast to the surrounding pieces.

Brett Campbell, Oregon Arts Watch


By Jay

Composer, guitarist, husband, father, pun enthusiast.

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