In this video, Scott discusses the project and his piece, Prairie Logic. Watch and you’ll catch a sample of the music.Read More
As the premier of The Debussy Project approaches, some thoughts on composing at the edge of an instrument, preparing difficult works for performance, and pragmatic solutions:Read More
. . . I've tried to give my music some sort of internal fiction. Something (anything, really) that helps guide my musical intuition, whether it be an absurd story or an abstract feeling: that's what becomes the “fiction” of the piece.Read More
We asked Ben to talk a little bit about his contribution to The Debussy Project, …before they were breathed… . In this post, Ben talks about inspiration, theory, and creativity.Read More
Hello all! As The Debussy Project approaches, check out these work samples, excerpted from our last rehearsal:
Click on the title for a full listing of the excerpts included in this example! The Debussy Project premieres October 1st and 4th, 7:30 PM, at Prairie Logic in downtown Kansas City.
The Debussy Project will take place October 1st and 4th, 7:30 P.M. at Prairie Logic. Prairie Logic is located at the 6th floor of 1271 Main St., Kansas City, MO, which also houses the downtown location of Cosentino's Market; paid parking is available in the building. Admission to the event is free.
The Debussy Project was conceived by FuseBox New Music as a collaborative multi-composer work featuring a full performance of Claude Debussy's 1915 Sonata for Flute, Viola and Harp as the basis of its unifying structure. The final project will take the form of an elaborate musical tapestry, interwoven with the diverse aesthetics of composers Zane Winter, Scott Steele, Ben Stevenson, and Cooper Ottum. These composers will compose music to be performed before, after, and in-between movements of the Sonata, as part of a continuous sonic landscape featuring many differing compositional approaches. The work is not simply an extension of Debussy's composition, but rather a re-interpretation of the spirit of innovation embodied in Debussy's seminal work, and an exploration into the possibilities of collaborative composition and inter-aesthetic conversation.
The Debussy Project is made possible by the generous support of the Municipal Arts Commission of Kansas City, which has voiced its support for the project by providing the space, and by a generous grant from ArtsKC.