In January 2018 we were invited to be artists-in-residence at the Florida International Toy Piano Festival hosted by the New Music Conflagration.
As part of our time there we participated in community outreach seminars, field recording walks and worked collectively on a new piece to present as part of an outdoor concert.
In taking inspiration from our surroundings, as well as from the community and fellow artists we created a program based around the theme of harmonious co-existence. Like the preserve itself, which exists within a largely populated area, we sought to create a piece that is a synthesis of elements both natural and human-made.
As we have continued the conceptual continuity with this project, we have added more instruments, media elements and stories which to explore. We are currently working on another volume of Live Speak that will be premiere within the next year. This will include interactive electronic and video elements as well as a possible installation. We are nothing short of excited to see what this project brings!
You can listen to Live Speak Vol. I below as well as demo tracks earlier iterations material.
"Written in 2018 as part of our residency at the 2018 International Toy Piano festival. This work was inspired by our time at the Boyd Hill Preserve in St. Petersburg, Florida. It is still a work in progress with electronic sounds taken from field recordings of the surrounding environment. Additional speaking parts were provided by friends and public domain sources. Lastly, certain parts were inspired by submissions from our #picturethis project to make this a composition that we are truly happy to share with our supporters. Performed live on January 6th, 2018 live at the Pinellas Pioneer Settlement. We hope to see this piece grow and expand in the future."
With our fellow artists and new friends!