Monthly Archives: May 2012
|Willie and Lobo|
“One Willie and Lobo concert in the old tent with a wild rainstorm coming down. The sound of the rain hitting the canvas became part of the concert sound and the whole musical experience was magical.”
Humans are creatures of habit. So much so that many wake up at the same time every day, even without the aid of an alarm clock. This is due to the biological clock, which exists for nearly all living organisms.
Similar to humans waking with sunrise and sleeping after sunset, the biological clocks of plants determine when their flowers open or when their leaves grow. Some plants are so regular with their cycles that they were used to tell time. “According to Chinese lore, two trees grew at the Emperor’s Court. One tree produced a new leaf every day for fifteen days as the moon waxed, and then it shed one leaf every day for fifteen days, as the moon waned. In this way the months were measured. On the other side of the garden was a tree that produced leaves every month for six months, and then shed leaves every month for six months. And so, the passage of years were counted.”
Thus the notion of a flower clock was conceived. A flower clock is any arrangement of plants that have opening times associated with specific times of the day. Just as flowers can be set to time, music can also be set to time. The musical clock is a timepiece that plays a tune at set intervals throughout the day. Composers such as Beethoven even wrote pieces specifically to be played only on a musical clock.
Perhaps the most famous flower/music clock arrangement is “L’Horloge de Flore,” written by French composer Jean Françaix.” This seven movement oboe concerto pays tribute to seven different flowers that bloom at various times throughout the day – Poisonberry at 3am, Blue Catananche at 5am, Torch Thistle at 10am, Malabar Jasmine at 12pm, Deadly Nightshade at 5pm, Mourning Geranium at 7pm, and Night Flowering Catchfly at 9pm.
Today we find that some people have musical clocks that correspond with their biological clocks. In other words, certain music seems to resonate more with people at different times of day. The best example from my own life is when I was in high school. I drove to school at 6:45am every morning and most of the time I was barely awake. When the sun wasn’t even up yet, I needed something soothing to ease me into the day. Therefore I only listened to classical music on the drive to school. But in the afternoon, it was a whole different story. After school I was full of energy and wanted music that I could sing to. On the way home I always turned to the pop station to belt out the latest Britney or ‘N Sync hit. But before I shut off the car I made sure the radio was set back to the classical station so I was ready for the next morning.
What musical clock examples do you have from your life?
|Simon Boyar – 2011|
|Strings School Days Field Trip 2011|
This week, the youth music education outreach program Strings School Days returns to Northwest Colorado. Leading this two-year cycle is violinist, educator, and composer Daniel Bernard Roumain (DBR). During his time here, he will meet students from 11 schools at classroom visits and field trips.
Roumain will also work closely with music students, leading interactive sessions where students will experience music and instruments in new ways. Some of his musical experiments include manipulating tempos, walking while playing, and decomposing scores. Above all, Roumain strives to show students that they can be composers simply by making a few small changes. He empowers the students to take control of their music.
All Strings School Days events are free and open to the public. Check out the schedule below for details on when you can see DBR.
Strings School Days Schedule
Classroom Visits – Steamboat Springs, Oak Creek, Hayden, Craig
Monday, May 7
8:25-9:55am: Steamboat Springs High School (Concert Band)
10:45-11:30am: Steamboat Springs Middle School (8th Grade Band)
12:45-1:30pm: Christian Heritage School
2:45-3:30pm: Soroco High School and Middle School
Tuesday, May 8
8:25-9:55am: Steamboat Springs High School (Jazz Band)
1:50-3:20pm Steamboat Springs Middle School (7th Grade Band)
Wednesday, May 9
8:15-9:00am: Moffat County High School
10:00-10:45am: Hayden High School
1:45-2:35pm: Lowell Whiteman Primary School
Field Trips – Strings Music Pavilion
Thursday, May 10
10:15-11:00am: Strawberry Park, Soda Creek, and South Routt
1:00-1:45pm: Strawberry Park and Soda Creek Elementary Schools
Friday, May 11
10:00-10:45am: Steamboat Springs Middle and High Schools
Free Concert – Strings Music Pavilion
Friday, May 11 at 7:00pm
Tickets will be available Friday evening outside the Pavilion starting at 6:00pm and the doors open at 6:30pm. There are no advance ticket reservations.
Did you know that it costs $20 for one student to complete the two-year Strings School Days program? However, thanks to our generous supporters, all students and schools participate for absolutely no cost. To keep bringing music education programs to our youth, the Guild of Strings Music Festival is hosting the Light Up the Night Fundraiser. They will be accepting donations at DBR’s free community concert on May 11. Please consider sponsoring a student for one or two years with a $10 or $20 donation.
My favorite memory of Strings is…
|Alpin Hong – 2009|
“Alpin Hong’s infectious love of music and Steamboat and Strings and his gracious manners as he visited with us.”
“Alpin Hong is a bright ray of sunshine wherever he appears!”
“Coming here when I was very young and being chosen to play on the stage with Alpin Hong. I love Steamboat.”
Alpin Hong was the Strings School Days featured musician in 2008 and 2009. Strings School Days returns next week May 7-11, 2012. Please join us for a free concert with Daniel Bernard Roumain (DBR) on May 11th at the Strings Music Pavilion. Tickets will be available starting at 6:00pm on May 11. Doors open at 6:30pm and the concert starts at 7:00pm. No advanced ticket reservations.
“From rock clubs to symphony halls, the composer, musician, and performer Daniel Bernard Roumain seems unstoppable.” -New York Sun
|Daniel Bernard Roumain (DBR)|
Before Daniel Bernard Roumain (DBR) was a nationally known violinist performing with Lady Gaga and Philip Glass, he started out as most of us do. Just trying to figure out who we are. While many musicians conform to set genre lines and follow the rules for their specific instrument, Roumain did the opposite. “What I set out to do was make the violin more reflective of who I am, and what I’m into,” Roumain told NPR.
Thurs, 5/10 – 1:00-1:45pm: Strawberry Park and Soda Creek Elementary Schools
Fri, 5/11 – 10:00-10:45am: Steamboat Springs Middle and High Schools