gray – viola (or cello) and percussion (2017)

This work was originally developed with choreographer Wendell Gray II as a part of Periapsis Music & Dance’s First Emerging Artist Residency. The specific sound of each unit is defined, but the rhythm and overall timing of each section is determined by the dancers. The dancers become a part of the score, determining the rhythm and pacing of the work with their physicality. Both a rehearsal score that includes details based on the original choreography, and a bare performance score are included.

The percussion instruments used are temple bowls, snare drum, and pū‘ili.

pū‘ili. 1. n. Bamboo rattles, as used for dancing. 2. vt. To clasp, hold fast in the hand, embrace, grasp firmly. Pū‘ili mai ‘oe ā pa‘a, hold tight. 3. n. A type of tapa-beater pattern: tips of zigzag ridges in adjacent surfaces meet and form sunken lozenges. Cf. ko‘eau, in which the ridges are parallel.
        — Hawaiian Dictionary. Edited by Mary Kawena Pukui and Samuel H. Elbert. Honolulu: University of Hawaii Press, 1986.

Download the rehearsal score, performance score for percussion, and performance score for viola. Also available as a version for cello and percussion (rehearsal score only).

Commissioned and premiered by Periapsis Music and Dance, May 2018. Some images from the premiere performance by dancers Marissa Brielle Wiley Mumford and Isaac Owens with Celia Hatton, viola and Sarah Mullins, percussion.