New PARMA Artist: David T. Bridges

We are excited to announce that composer David T. Bridges is joining the PARMA family!

We’ll be working with the Pedroia Quartet in Boston later this year to record David’s “This Fragmented Old Man” as part of a compilation of contemporary string quartets.

The work explores the children’s counting song “This Old Man,” which is relatively new to American folklore. Older variants of the tune date back only to the 1870s and were passed on aurally until the early 20th century. There also remains confusion about where the song originated. Records have been made of people interpreting the song as an attack against the Irish, a jig, a dance tune imported from Italy, and the term Paddywack has been used to describe the springy, white substance in a cooked backbone of a lamb (“give a dog a bone”). Then, there remains the idea that the phrase “knick-knack paddy-whack” is simply made up from nonsense words. Whatever the origin, there is an old (and slightly senile) man running around playing “knick-knack” on everything.

David studied composition with Tania León, Bruce Saylor, and Chandler Carter and clarinet with Laurie Friedman and Maureen Hurd. He earned his BS in Composition and Theory at Hofstra University, MA in Composition at Queens College, and MPhil at the City University of New York where he is working towards his Ph.D.

Bridges’ music is often driven by motivic transformations and unifies extended techniques with classic and narrative structures to provoke a visceral response. He has been featured at festivals including Red Note, Hot Air, and Composers Now and his music has been performed by ensembles including Contemporaneous, ensemble mise-en, Del Sol Quartet, and more.

The album will be released in 2018, but you can hear a live performance by the Zukofsky Quartet on his SoundCloud.

Check the compilation’s full announcement for the full program with Pedroia String Quartet here. Be sure to check back here for more news about this recording and the upcoming compilation!

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