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Photo: Luna Moth (Actias luna) - McCaffry
Wild Silk
for Baritone Saxophone, Percussion* and Piano
Andrea Reinkemeyer (Ann Arbor, Michigan - 2009)
Commissioned by Jeffrey Heisler for the Primary Colors Trio

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Baritone Saxophone, Piano and Percussion: Glockenspiel, 4.3 Marimba, Large Concert Bass Drum, Bongos, 2 Temple Blocks, China & Sizzle Cymbals

Program Notes:
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Wild Silk (2009) for Baritone Saxophone, Percussion and Piano was commissioned by Jeffrey Heisler for the Primary Colors Trio, who premiered the work during the thirtieth annual Bowling Green State University New Music Festival at Bryan Recital Hall, Bowling Green, Ohio on October 24, 2009.

While composing this work, I found inspiration in the strikingly beautiful and elusive Luna Moth. The form of this piece loosely follows the three stages of its life cycle from egg to caterpillar, pupa, and adult moth. Apart from the constant threat of predators, the violence at each stage surprised me. As the caterpillar grows, it must break through its own skin five times. The pupa wriggles from within the cocoon during metamorphosis. The adult moth is deprived of a mouth, meaning there is an evolutionary preference for beautiful wings to attract a mate over personal survival. Without a way to nourish itself, the hours and days following eclosion are focused on the crazed goal of propagation. Perhaps it is a metaphor for the artist, who must completely renew and reinvent themselves over and again.

Many thanks to Jeffrey Heisler, Isabelle Huang, I-Chen Yeh, and Brian Amer for their artistic support. Duration, ca. 10:00.

News: Wild Silk was recognized with an Honorable Mention for the Theodore Front Prize from the International Alliance of Women in Music's 2011 Search for New Music.


Saturday, October 24, 2009 - 10:30 a.m.
30th Annual New Music and Art Festival, Concert 5
Bryan Recital Hall, College of Musical Arts
Bowling Green State University (Bowling Green, OH)
Primary Colors Trio (Photo)
Jeffrey Heisler, Baritone Saxophone
Isabelle Huang, Percussion
I-Chen Yeh, Piano

Primary Colors Trio Midwest Concert Tour:

Tuesday, January 19, 2010 - 11:00 a.m.
Chamichian Recital Hall
Central Michigan University (Mt. Pleasant, Michigan)
Works by: Chambers, Mellits, and Reinkemeyer

Wednesday, January 20, 2010 - 7:30 p.m.
Sherman Van Solkema Recital Hall
Department of Music
Grand Valley State University (Allendale, Michigan)
Works by: Carrizo, Chambers, Mellits, and Reinkemeyer

Thursday, January 21, 2010 - 7:30 p.m.
The Chapel
Interlochen Academy (Interlochen, Michigan)
Works by: Carrizo, Chambers, Mellits, and Reinkemeyer

Monday, January 25, 2010 - 7:30 p.m.
Faculty Recital: New Music for Saxophone, Percussion and Piano
Schaver Music Recital Hall (Old Main)
CFPCA, Department of Music
Wayne State University (Detroit, Michigan)
Works by: Carrizo, Chambers, Mellits, and Reinkemeyer

Tuesday, January 26, 2010 - 7:30 p.m.
White Auditorium
Spring Arbor University (Jackson, Michigan)
Works by: Stulman, Chambers, Mellits, and Reinkemeyer

New Music Week, Faculty Composers Forum:

Wednesday, February 3, 2010 - 8:00 p.m.
Bryan Recital Hall, College of Musical Arts
Bowling Green State University (Bowling Green, Ohio)
Primary Colors Trio

40th Annual Festival of New Music

Thursday, February 11, 2010 - 8:00 p.m.
Sursa Hall, School of Music
Ball State University (Muncie, Indiana)
Primary Colors Trio

Locally Sourced Sounds 2015

Friday, January 22, 2016 - 7:30 p.m. - $10-$25
The Old Church (Map)
1422 SW 11th Ave
Portland, OR 97201-3304
(503) 222-2031

About the concert:
In renewing their long commitment to the music of composers living and working among us, fEARnoMUSIC will dedicate their winter concert solely to the works of Oregon composers, as well as the winner from their CALL-FOR-SCORES
Sean Fredenburg, baritone saxophone
Michael Roberts, percussion
Monica Ohuchi, piano

Faculty Artist Series: Isabelle Huang Streng, percussion

March 2, 2016 - 8:00 p.m.
Bowling Green State University College of Musical Arts
Bryan Recital Hall
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Primary Colors Trio

Society of Composers, Inc. 2017 National Conference

Friday, March 31, 2017 - 10:00 a.m.
Western Michigan University School of Music
Dalton Center Recital Hall
Primary Colors Trio