PARMA is pleased to announce that we will be working with composer Ted Moore to release an album called “Gilgamesh & Enkidu,” featuring a 60-minute piece for string quartet and live processing.
Ted’s music has been praised as “an impressive achievement both artistically and technically” (Jay Gabler, VitaMN). His work has been performed to widespread acclaim across the country, including premieres by the Spektral Quartet in Chicago, Yarn/Wire in New York, AVIDduo in Dallas, and the Firebird Ensemble in Boston.
Equally as active as an educator, Ted has taught in a number of academic settings, including McNally Smith College of Music in St. Paul, the MacPhail Center for Music and Slam Academy in Minneapolis, and the Walden School’s Young Musicians Program in Dublin, NH.
In addition, Ted is also an active sound designer, having worked on a number of independent original theater productions in the greater Minneapolis area. He also serves as Artistic Co-Director for the Spitting Image Collective.
“Gilgamesh & Enkidu” is based on the Mesopotamian poem “Epic of Gilgamesh.” From the program notes:
“Gilgamesh’s best friend, Enkidu, is murdered by the gods as punishment after he and Gilgamesh defeat the gods’ earthbound minion, Humbaba. At his loss, Gilgamesh’s world collapses, leading him to leave the kingdom over which he rules to seek the secret of eternal life in hopes of bringing back Enkidu. After traveling for days in silent darkness, he is met only with dismay. Following a brief encounter with hope, Gilgamesh realizes that he’s pursuing the wrong destiny: men are destined for mortality and a full engagement with the experience of being human.”
In addition to the live musicians, “Gilgamesh & Enkidu” features SuperCollider, an audio-processing program written by Ted that interacts with the players and synthesizes electronic sounds in real time. Of the software, Ted writes:
“Each of the string players is equipped with a microphone, which relays their sounds to the SuperCollider software…. The composer then controls and cues different sounds and processes from the software in response to the string players’ performance.”
“Gilgamesh & Enkidu” will be released in 2016. To hear some of Ted’s work in the meantime, check out the video below of a performance of his piece “Persephone” for saxophone, percussion, piano, viola, live dance, and live processing. Stay tuned for more updates!