Wavelength Winds teams up with Leigha Amick for a new work
Composer Leigha Amick draws inspiration from nature, mathematics, and musical precedent to tell stories with sound. Her compositions have been performed by ensembles such as the Boulder Philharmonic, the Orlando Philharmonic, the Boulder Bassoon Quartet, the Playground Ensemble, and the Ars Nova Singers. From Boulder, CO, Amick is currently pursuing her Bachelor’s degree at Indiana University’s Jacobs School of Music, where she studies composition with Claude Baker, performs as a violinist and as a vocalist, and recently sang in IU’s production of The (R)evolution of Steve Jobs. Previously, she has studied with Sven-David Sandström, Aaron Travers, and Don Freund at IU, and with Daniel Kellogg and John Drumheller of the University of Colorado. She is president of IU’s Student Composer Association, through which she organized their 2017 New Art New Music concert in collaboration with the Grunwald Gallery of Art and helped lead the organization of the 2018 Society of Composers, Inc. Student National Conference. Additionally, Amick is pursuing minors in mathematics and electronic music, studied electronic music at IRCAM in Paris this summer.
From Lost Palms was inspired by a hike to the Lost Palms Oasis in Joshua Tree National Park. The first movement, Expanse, depicts the open, dry, seemingly endless desert and how small and delicate birds, plants, and even humans are in comparison. The second movement, Internal, represents the inner reflection of a human being within such a landscape, and their vulnerable softness and sense of isolated individuality in contrast to the stark, harsh environment of the desert.
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A Reflection on Gold is an exploration of Fibonacci numbers, built from patterns of groups of sixteenth notes. At the smallest level, a group of five sixteenth notes is formed by an eighth note followed by a sixteenth followed by another eighth note. Similarly, a group of eight sixteenth notes is formed by a dotted eighth, an eighth, and another dotted sixteenth note. This pattern is extended beyond surface rhythms to larger groups of Fibonacci numbers that control entrances of instruments, changes of texture, and overall form. The work was first written in June 2017 for the Atlantic Music Festival. This recording is of the October 2017 revised version, as performed by Anne Daley (flute), Wai Ki Wun (clarinet), Liam Ramsey-White (violin), and Luke Acerra (cello). Corey K. Rubin conducted the performance.