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Ken Ueno

Sawdust on Ararat

concerto for oboe for chamber ensemble

(2016)
Duration18-20 minutes
CommissionCommissioned by Alia Musica Pittsburgh with support from the Pittsburgh Foundation and dedicated to Alia Musica and its director, Federico Garcia-De Castro
PremiereMay 26, 2016; Heymann Theater, Pittsburgh, PA; Lenny Young, oboe • Alia Musica, Federico Garcia, conductor
Instrumentationflute
oboe (with amplified snare drum resonator*)
clarinet
2 percussion*
2 cellos
*see preview page for instrumentation details
PublisherPSNY

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Program Note

As a vocalist specializing in extended techniques, I use my body is also a research space to cultivate new sounds. In my compositions written for other people to perform I transpose this embodied research to other instruments. Part of this research nowadays often involves hacking (modifying or augmenting) them. A hacked instrument at once retains the history of the instrument as well as the distorted potential of a new, undiscovered territory. Destruction myths are also creation myths. In this piece, the oboe augmented by a snare drum as a resonator is the featured “hacked” instrument. Towards the end of the piece, the percussionists saw planks of wood, poetically and literally conveying the manifoldness of destruction and creation.

“When we were done laughing at our own follies, and the last ones came, bearing plastic birds in each hand, it snowed sawdust on Mt. Ararat.”

- Ken Ueno

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