Eredita Ancora, by Joseph Michael Pignato
Ereditá Ancora (2006) is a structured improvisation for electro acoustic trio. The composer used sound samples and loops of his own design to provide structure to and materials for three improvising musicians as they ruminated on the themes of generational transformation, loss, and renewal. Ereditá Ancora interprets a series of brief moments reflective of those themes; the moments before, of, and immediately after the passing of a loved one. The piece, composed for the ensemble atom3 (atom3.us), uses a graphic structure from an earlier composition, “Paprika King,” to guide the arch of performances.1 This particular recording features four computers, electronic instruments, digital and analog synthesizers, digital signal processing, a Theremin, and acoustic sound sources. The recording was made during a live performance of the piece on the campus of the State University of New York, Oneonta during the annual New Music Series concert. Subsequently, the piece has been presented live at multiple venues throughout New York State and in recorded form as part of Notations 21 installations and videos throughout the US and abroad.2
1. Pignato, Joseph Michael. Paprika King. Unpublished score.
2. Sauer, Theresa. Notations 21. New York: Mark Batty Publisher, 2009.
Recording Date: May 8, 2006
Recording Location: Oneonta, New York
Ensemble Type: electro acoustic trio
Performer: atom3, featuring Orlando Legname, guitar and electronics, Paul Geluso, bass and electronics, and Joe Pignato, drums and electronics
About the Music
Composer: Joseph Michael Pignato
Instrumentation: Electronics, analog synthesizers, electric guitar, electric bass, drums, and Theremin
Place of Composition: New York
Date Composed: April 2006
Place First Performed: Oneonta, New York
Date First Performed: April 4, 2006
Music Styles: post-tonal, electronic structured improvisation
Ereditá Ancora (2006) is a structured improvisation for electro acoustic trio that employs sound samples and loops to provide structure to and materials for three improvising musicians as they ruminate on themes of generational transformation, loss, and renewal. Ereditá Ancora interprets a series of moments reflective of those themes; the moments before, of, and immediately after the passing of a loved one. Composed for the electro acoustic trio atom3, instrumentation includes computers, electronic instruments, digital and analog synthesizers, digital signal processing, and Theremin.
Joseph Michael Pignato composes music for improvising ensembles. His scores blend traditional notation and graphic symbols with the intent of eliciting idiosyncratic interpretations of his work. Recent pieces exploit distributed computing and web-based communication protocols to link performers working in disparate locations. Pignato's compositions, described as "haunting" by the Charger Bulletin, have been performed or exhibited in the United States, Canada, Europe, the Middle East, Asia, and the Pacific Rim. On faculty at the State University of New York, Oneonta, Pignato performs regularly with the electro acoustic trio atom3.