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Wooden Stone, by Jenni Brandon, Performed in Concert by Across the Grain Duo

April 14 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Wooden Stone, by Jenni Brandon, performed in concert by Across the Grain Duo at 1:00 P.M. on Sunday April 14, 2024.  Susan Nelson, bassoon and Colin McCall, percussion perform in Harper Hall, Lawerence University, 420 E. College Avenue, Appleton, WI, United States, Wisconsin, (920) 832-6614. This was a live stream performance at https://livestream.com/lawrenceuniversity. This event was sponsored by Lawrence University – Conservatory of Music and Lawrence University Lawrence Memorial Chapel

The program was:

Get It! (2011) [4’] Gene Koshinski  (b. 1980)

Susan Nelson, bassoon

Colin McCall, percussion

 Not Yet (2019) [11’] David Bixler   (b. 1964)

Susan Nelson, bassoon

Colin McCall, marimba

 Texas Hoedown (2005) [7’] David Friedman  (b. 1944)

Colin McCall, vibraphone

 Nocturne for bassoon and marimba (2021) [6’] Connor Chee  (b. 1987)

Susan Nelson, bassoon

Colin McCall, marimba

  • INTERMISSION

 Triple Moon (2020) [8’] Nathan Daughtrey  (b. 1975)

Susan Nelson, bassoon

Colin McCall, marimba

 Dual Identity for solo bassoon (2005) [4’] Gernot Wolfgang  (b. 1957)

Susan Nelson, bassoon

 Wooden Stone (2020) [15’] Jenni Brandon  (b. 1977)

Susan Nelson, bassoon

Colin McCall, percussion

 All of Jenni’s compositions are available for purchase on her website Home – Jenni Brandon https://www.jennibrandon.com

Program notes for Wooden Stone:

Wooden Stone for Bassoon and Percussion is inspired by the poem “Wooden Stone” by Karla Linn Merrifield. This work explores petrified wood, or the fossilized wood where the living parts of the tree are replaced by a mineralization process that turns the wood into stone. It maintains the original shape of the organic material, now hardened, and its transformation takes place underground once the wood has become submerged in volcanic ash or water. Using the colors of both wooden instruments and metals, this work follows the story of a tree turned to petrified wood, and its ancient journey of transformation.  Within the work you’ll hear the colors of wooden windchimes, representing the trees, the tom-toms and surdo representing the father as a rock of the old gneiss tribe (gneiss is a type of rock that has a banded texture on it). There is much freedom throughout the work to create the colors of transformation. From multiphonic sounds in the bassoon representing the line “You were born of substances primordial, creature of green and brown and gray,” to the lullaby of the “blessed midwife who now witnesses another rebirth”, this work is the story of the passage of time preserved in the beauty of transformation.

The poet Karla Linn Merrifield references the Columbia River Shores, and in Washington where the river runs is the Ginkgo Petrified Forest State Park/Wanapum Recreation Area. The discovery of petrified wood in this region includes petrified trees such as ginkgo, Dougla-fir, spruce, elm and others that had been covered in volcanic ash and became petrified wood.,

Commissioned by Across the Grain Duo (Susan Nelson, bassoon and Jeff Barudin, percussion) it was premiered in Spring of 2023 with Colin McCall on percussion and will appear on their upcoming album in 2024.

Venue

lawrence university
Appleton, Wisconsin + Google Map