Museum of Patterns
Lead Commissioner: Jason Treuting
Museum of Patterns will be a 10'-12' piece for solo percussionist scored for a standard "four piece" drum kit (snare, kick drum, two toms, high-hats, ride cymbal and crash cymbal). It is aimed at the advanced college-aged and professional percussionist who has an interest in playing drum kit and pattern based music.
This consortium works in waves. Percussionists who opt into the First Wave will be able to perform the piece in the Fall of 2017 after the premiere. The Second Wave will be able to perform the piece starting on January 1st, 2018, and the Third Wave will be able to perform the piece starting on April 1st, 2018.
What is a Museum of Patterns?
A Museum of Patterns is an idea I had while walking around the Museum of Fine Arts in St. Petersburg, Florida. I imagined what it would be like if instead of portraits and paintings of landscapes on the walls, the whole museum was filled with paintings of different patterns. I began to wonder, what would a museum like that feel like? How would it be organized? Would one of the paintings be a "masterwork" in some way? Would people go to a Museum of Patterns?
I then thought, what would a piece of music sound like if it was a "museum of patterns" and was made up, like my imaginary museum, solely of patterns? How could I make a musical experience based only on patterns, and not on "images" or "subjects"?
Word from Jason:
I still remember the first time I encountered Brooks Frederickson's music. It was at the So Percussion Summer Institute in 2014. The conviction he had in his ideas was striking and the confidence he had in his ears to mold that music was bold. Since that time, these attributes that I loved in that first meeting seem to have only grown stronger as he has worked with more and more talented ensembles writing more and more interesting music. I am excited to help bring this new vision of a solo drum set piece to life and eager to hear the many different interpretations to come from this consortium. UNDER EXCLUSIVITY UNTIL APRIL 1, 2017.