I prefer uncertainty. I am drawn to similar themes again and again in my music: letting-go, improvisation, relinquishing of control. Above all, I take inspiration from the natural world, and particularly humans' relationships to nature. Nature confronts us with its power to resist concepts of beauty; I am not interested in the cultivation of nature, but in its pulling away from human apprehension. I prefer silt to dunes, brush to gardens, non-precious stones to gems; my gaze is constantly pulled to the periphery, which remains stubbornly beyond human grasp. Nature neither fulfills nor refuses our desires, but in seeing an ideal in it, we insist on searching for a path into and through it. I want my music to continue this search, but deliberately distant from where we find beauty reflected back at us. My scores should act simultaneously as documentation and accumulated debris. In this way, my music both symbolizes and embodies nature in sound.
Mischa Salkind-Pearl's music has been performed by ensembles around the U.S., Japan, Germany, and Italy. Boston Classical Review named his opera, Troubled Water, (September 2015, Guerilla Opera) the Best Premiere of 2015. Recent and upcoming projects include a lecture at the Musashino Academia Musicae in Tokyo, an ongoing collaboration with Boston-based artist Nathalie Miebach, and a commission for New York's ensemble mise-en. Ensembles and soloists he has composed for include Guerilla Opera, ensemble mise-en, Chamber Cartel, Transient Canvas, Diagenesis Duo, and Callithumpian Consort. His work, A Poppy of Erasure, was recently included in the exhibition "Intersections: Masters of Line and Space" at the Akron Art Museum. Mischa is artistic director for Boston's Equilibrium Concert Series and ensemble, an organization that presents concerts highlighting the music of Boston's diverse contemporary music community. He currently teaches at the Boston Conservatory at Berklee as a member of the Composition, Theory, and English as a Second Language programs. His music can be heard on the Ludovico Ensemble's portrait CD of his work, I Might Be Wrong, and on Chen Li Music's 2017 CD, Pluralities.