Accidentally on purpose
The accidental music festival brings out the best in Orlando's new music scene
Published: September 1, 2011
Student composers workshop
Urban ReThink 3 p.m.
Middle and high school students can attend a workshop with guest composers. Applicants must email a brief statement about their musical background or a recording of their original work (any style) to firstname.lastname@example.org. Space is limited and participants will be chosen based on the quality of the work submitted.
Sunday, Sept. 11
Big band and orchestra concerts: "Suite for Trumpet, Piano, Violin, Viola and Cello," by Keith Lay
"Ricercare VI," for guitar and chamber orchestra, by Juan Trigos
"The Hang," for 11 improvisers, by Matt McCarthy "In the Beginning," for big band with electronics, by John Alvarez
Timucua 7 p.m.
This program of new pieces by a quartet of composers is what Belt calls “the main, big concert of the whole festival.” All of the pieces scheduled for this evening are being debuted for the first time.
“It’s the premier of a piece by [local modern classical composer] Keith Lay, the premier of ‘In the Beginning’ by John Alvarez, and the piece by Trigos. Also on that program is the premier of a piece called ‘The Hang’ by Matt McCarthy, one of the young guns on the Orlando jazz scene,” Belt Says. “He’s one of the premier young trumpet players, if not the young trumpet player in Orlando.”
For those who might think that modern composition feels chilly or unfamiliar, Lay’s piece may be the antidote: His suite has a warm, personal backstory that makes it immediately human and approachable. He wrote it for Benoit Glazer and his family, who have devoted an immeasurable amount of their time and effort to supporting the local music community. All of the members of the family – both parents and two teenagers – are musicians, and Glazer built the gorgeous three-story Timucua performance space inside his family’s home. He opens the doors to the public monthly with a series of free shows that support and sustain all manner of classical, avant garde and jazz musicians, some local, others internationally renowned. Music is, for the whole Glazer family not just a distraction but a lifestyle. Before each performance at Timucua, the family performs a piece inspired by the musicians scheduled to take the stage that evening.
“I love the Glazer family, and everything they stand for,” Lay says. “Just think of Benoit Glazer … he believes in community, and he believes in family, and those things are at the center of his life.”
The piece Lay composed for them is set up in five movements: meditation, fun, lesson on the circle, family and acuity. The most challenging part of the piece may well be the family movement, in which the musicians must communicate with one another and problem solve according to a set of written instructions set before them. “The family members must negotiate and respond to each other throughout,” a description of the piece on Lay’s website explains. “The piece will expose the functioning (or dysfunctioning) of their collaborative relationships and balances choice, limitation and freedom of expression.”