Golden Hornet's Young Composer Concert

a rude sick old Hornet are split between classical and rock we tried to form a bridge between the two and learn from both it's done so in kind of uniquely Austin character infusing that rock band collaborative style in with the sophistication and complexity of classical music every year we put out a call to band directors and schools and we ask if there are any students that they think would be interested in composing a piece and producing a concert with us and they've been from nine years old to 18 years old and they participate in every aspect of the production so when I first started goals and Hornet I was very enthusiastic but I was also a little bit nervous and a little bit scared because I felt like I didn't have as much experience as some of the other kids that were there but they were all very enthusiastic about helping me out like that line is going to peace it felt like it was on the downbeat the whole idea with this is to work together and to learn to work together as a team and you see it in the students being encouraging each other and listening to each other's pieces commenting giving feedback but always in this positive way working towards something together each meeting is split into art talk and production talk yeah I just need the headshot in the BIOS 100 words and I had a question actually about third person first person they produce put together help envision this whole concert on top of writing music it was truly amazing because I've never really been around other young composers who loved composing like I do I remember when DM and some will first play my piece it was at a rehearsal and I was like is this really my piece it sounds so much amazing there's just one little thing um the tempo should be just a little bit working with an ensemble who's trying to play your pieces and it's definitely a skill that you have to develop you just have to be confident in your own surgeons like people are gonna ask you did you mean it like this do you did you really want it to sound like this and you can't just be like that's I don't know maybe you have you have to know what you want in that sense they're getting this opportunity to like really learn about how it is to work with people how it is to work in a really professional environment to really take a piece ride it produce the whole thing and like learn about the show the section where the drum you just have like bass that part that's supposed to be like a lot more intense that can be really tough to get your ideas you know to get them heard and played exactly like you're hearing them in your head you know and how do you do that and I think yeah each one of them did such an incredible job the atmosphere at the concert it was very laid-back and casual and that's something that I really like about Golden Hornets so even though I had nerves going into the concert they weren't very prominent once it actually started I wasn't entirely sure that my piece liked the ideas that I had behind it would actually work but they did and they worked really well [Applause] the way that the violinist played that really surprised me and it was really validating for me I guess to know that the way that I wrote it really communicated the idea that I had behind it this is something you were doing with you as a side project to a book that you're also writing phrase the process really impacted me to be more confident in the music that I'm writing I was completely awestruck by the entire thing I think the reality finally hit me that it was actually being played my piece with this wonderful professional ensemble it was amazing I thought like my mind was going to explode I do like it when people are watching my piece and they react I do kind of like making people jump a little bit we approached this project as as if we approached you know working with professional composer their pieces were very well thought-out you know I came into this project not really knowing what to expect and was blown away by how high of a level like these pieces from these pieces were it was very me just you know just even seeing them like their eyes light up and their human kind of smiling uh Sarah listen to their own piece [Applause] we want to provide this place for these young composers to develop to a point where they feel confident in everything that they're presenting them what they're creating this is a particularly moving concept for that reason because you don't walk away thinking oh it was great that I heard those kids pieces you walk away thinking that was a fantastic concert and I can't believe that it was written by a nine year old or a 12 year old at satis I didn't really know many people and I also composed I really only had one other point of view you know it's just my piano teacher and having other people that have different songs really helped and it was also just nice just getting to know them like other composers around Austin like to know like I'm not the only one when I look back in how I became a composer it's because I had opportunities given to me by generous adult musicians this is me trying to provide opportunities for kids to do things that that student don't usually get we're trying to help them tied to essentially this culture of Austin we're in a city full of bands I think these young composers can see how that works and can experience that and get a feel for that culture at the same time they're composing in a way the bands don't usually do this band town is now a place where all sorts of new music ensembles of Virginia's work but all of them are informed by the lessons of band culture and now they're part of both we don't want it and thank you so much for being here [Applause]

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