Everything All At Once › 2010
percussion duo | 14:00 | for Karlyn Mason and Matt Sharrock
mvts: I. Cáceres; II. Salamanca
public premiere: Mason & Sharrock; May 9, 2011 at Denkelbaum Concert Hall at University of Maryland


I. Cáceres
II. Salamanca

n o t e s

Cáceres is a small city in southwestern Extremadura, in Spain, a poor state known for its cork trees. Cáceres is suffering a lengthy economic recession, and modernization is spotty– within a small area one can see the old town with the cathedral, the tourist strip, the mall, the business district, and so on. There is a feeling of reluctant compromise between all elements of this city, and despite its beauty I couldn't help but experience the culture as self-contradictory.

Salamanca, in Castilla la Mancha in central Spain, is a town where the modern has thoroughly meshed with the ancient. Alongside the Plaza Mayor and the university (one of the world's oldest), sit trendy clothing stores and nightclubs. What I loved most was that Salamanca gave off no air of contradiction; instead, it felt like I was simultaneously visiting two different times. The notions of contradictions, multiplicity, and unity form the basis of this piece.

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