Composer Stacey Barelos describes this performance as an exploration of a few simple musical ideas often associated with “American” music, in particular, open intervals and modal scales. The improvisatory elements and the continuous rolling accompaniment invoke a pioneering and (perhaps) impulsive spirit often attributed to the stereotypical “American” of past and present.
This piece was created and recorded in connection with ArtWorkers, an exhibition currently open at Spiva Center for the Arts in Joplin, MO. ArtWorkers is sponsored by Eagle Picher, LLC with financial assistance from the National Endowment for the Arts, Joplin Visitors and Convention Bureau and Missouri Arts Council, a state agency. Stacey Barelos serves as the musical curator for ArtWorkers and describes herself as a classical piano player and composer, both often existing in more experimental traditions.
Barelos will be presenting two events in June in connection with ArtWorkers:
“Create with Cage!”
Stacey Barelos performs John Cage’s “Sonatas and Interludes” for prepared piano; audience members create art from scraps of destroyed pianos
2pm, Saturday, June 22
Barelos leads her audience through simple ways to compose; no music experience required!
2pm, Sunday, June 30