Brent Fariss

4:00PM Saturday, 6/25/2016

Brent Fariss – Stockholm, Sweden:  September 8, 1977 (for string trio and soprano)
with Misha Penton – soprano | Travis Weller – violin | Elizabeth Warren – viola | Brent Fariss – contrabass

“The International Criminal Police Organization — INTERPOL, has expressed its concern about copyright piracy to all of its member national police forces. (Resolution adopted at INTERPOL General Assembly, Stockholm, Sweden, September 8, 1977.)”

Stockholm, Sweden:  September 8, 1977 is a conceptual music theater piece scored for string trio and a (possibly unreliable) narrator, played by Houston-based soprano, Misha Penton. The ensemble will seek to recreate the events of this mysterious meeting, and the events leading up to the piracy crime. The group will investigate these incidents by going over text (meeting minutes) from this mysterious Interpol meeting, incorporating stolen musical fragments from other composers, handling / dismantling pirated VHS tapes, destroying xerox copies, and other sundry activities to get to the point of their investigation.

“I was born in Sweden, and in Sweden we are known for the piracy services.” – Daniel Ek

“Good composers borrow. Great composers steal!” – Igor Stravinsky

“The easiest way to stop piracy is not by putting antipiracy technology to work. It’s by giving those people a service that’s better than what they’re receiving from the pirates.” – Gabe Newell

“Shiver me timbers!” – Anonymous

Brent Fariss is a composer / performer living in Austin, Texas. He has collaborated in several modern music settings including the Gates Ensemble, Waco Girls, and Frontal Spanking. In the past decade, he has worked alongside Phill Niblock, Leif Elggren, Michael Pisaro, Jandek, Radu Malfatti, Pauline Oliveros, JG Thirwell, Ellen Fullman, and Arnold Dreyblatt. Fariss holds a Master’s degree in Composition from Texas State University, where he also studied the contrabass. He has become increasingly interested in the ideas of conceptualism; using minimalist techniques to unite texture, form, room/instrument resonance, and abstracted programmatic ideas to create a musical environment. He is the recipient of two Meet the Composer grants for the compositions, “Dim Gleam” (for choir, 2 basses, 2 percussionists and choir chimes) and “The Water Bowl” (for 4 performers, horn, trombone and percussion). His goal in music is exploring the nature of sound (timbre), elevating it to the same level as melody, harmony, rhythm, and form.