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ASCENT
for wind band and prerecorded track.


Composed by Alex Shapiro
2020; Duration 2:30.
Published by Activist Music LLC (ASCAP).

Grade 4 and beyond.

 



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ASCENT instrumentation

 

Enjoy listening to the powerful
University of Hawai'i Wind Ensemble
conducted by Jeffrey Boeckman,
as they gave the March 1, 2020 premiere
of ASCENT in Honolulu, HI:

 

 

 

ASCENT was commissioned by Jeffrey Boeckman and the University of Hawai'i at Manoa, with the participation of the following members of the consortium:

University of Hawai'i at Manoa, Jeffrey Boeckman, Director

Cal Poly Pomona University, Rickey Badua, Director

California State University-San Bernardino, Nicholas Bratcher, Director

Capital University, Jeffrey D. Gershman, Director

Clemson University, Mark J. Spede, Director

Georgia College, Cliff Towner, Director

Kamehameha Schools, Matthew K. Urabe, Director

Kaua'i Community College, Sarah Tochiki, Director

Marshall University, Adam Dalton, Director

Michigan Technological University, Michael Christianson, Director

Mililani High School, Mililani, HI, Curtis Hiyane, Director

The Ohio State University, Phillip Day, Director

San Josť State University, San Josť, CA., David Vickerman, Director

St. Charles East High School, St. Charles, IL, Jim Kull, Director

Shenandoah Conservatory, Timothy J. Robblee, Director

University of Arizona, Chad Nicholson, Director

University of British Columbia, Robert Taylor, Director

University of Missouri-Kansas City, Steven D. Davis, Director

University of Northern Iowa, Danny Galyen, Director

University of South Carolina, Tonya Mitchell-Spradlin, Director

University of Texas at El Paso, Andrew Hunter, Director

University of Texas at San Antonio, John Zarco & Ron Ellis, Director

University of Toronto, Gillian MacKay, Director

University of Washington, Timothy Salzman, Director

University of Wisconsin-Whitewater, Glenn C. Hayes, Director



 

 

 

Juvenile Bald Eagle over the Salish Sea. Photo by Alex Shapiro.

 

A RECORDING

 

For reference: A live recording of ASCENT, performed in March 2020 by The University of Hawai'i Wind Ensemble, in Honolulu, Hawai'i, conducted by Jeffrey Boeckman. Play this LOUDLY!



LIVE RECORDING of ASCENT

 

 

THE PERUSAL CONDUCTOR SCORE
(email Alex for code access)

PERUSAL ONLY; not for performance or duplication.

 

.pdf file of the TRANSPOSED CONDUCTOR SCORE,

11 x 17; 15 pages including cover and notes.


 

Perusal score, 11 x 17-single-sided.

 

 

Juvenile Bald Eagle. Photo by Alex Shapiro.

 

 

THE PROGRAM NOTE & BIO

 

ASCENT reflects the effort to get off the ground, literally or figuratively. It's a micro-overture that begins with the promise of upward transcendence, yet soon flies off into rogue disorganization. The raucous flock of many notes finally gathers into a united upward-headed murmuration, but the freedom of soaring into the sky brings an uneasy mystery before settling into the tranquil air of anticipation.

 

PROGRAM BIO for Alex Shapiro Photo and bio

Alex Shapiro bio and photos

 

 


Juvenile Bald Eagle over the Salish Sea. Photo by Alex Shapiro.

 

 

THE TECHNICAL STUFF

 

All of the accompaniment tracks are aligned. The music uses stereo panning and imaging, so please ensure that the P/A setup in your venue is stereo, not mono.

The track without ANY audible clicks, to be routed to the stage monitors heard by the band, and to the house speakers heard by the audience, begins with a silent eight beat count-off.

For the piece to be effective, the track has to be played back REALLY LOUD! This music relies on sound-design and effects that blend seamlessly in and out of each other and the musicians.

Please avoid converting the audio file to a lower quality MP3 file.

A multitrack sequencing/playback application, and a small audio interface, are needed. If you would like software and hardware suggestions for your particular setup, please drop me an email, and I will do my very best to help. Or, to at least make you laugh.

 

 

 

Here's something VERY helpful: a complete guide to the software and hardware setup for your band room and performance venue.

 

 

pdf of tech guide

 

 

 


 

 

WEBHEARSALS

 

Skype, Zoom, etc. are wonderful tools for affordably bringing Alex into your rehearsal, without having to book a plane flight! She has a great time coaching students, and the difference between their musicianship at the beginning of the rehearsal and by the time it ends, is remarkable.

Alex can tell the band about how the piece was created and engage them in conversation, and even show them how her digital project studio works! It's also easy to arrange to have her say hello to the audience during a concert, via a custom video. Webhearsals connect musicians to the real person-- and the stories-- behind the notes on the music stands.

The best way to reach Alex Shapiro is through email,
by clicking here 
email Alex

You can also leave a voice message or a fax at:
(270) 916-0093.

To see some examples of webhearsals, and the view Alex loves to share from her desk, click here.

Skypehearsal
A December 2012 Skypehearsal with Alex in her studio on San Juan Island, and band director Mary Bauer and Mt. Mansfield Union High School in Vermont, rehearsing PAPER CUT.

 

 

 

 

ADDITIONAL READING

WASBE World
WASBE World

 

Alex has written an extensive two-part article about electroacoustic band music and the uses of multimedia in the concert world. The essay, titled The e-Frontier: Music, Multimedia, Education, and Audiences in the Digital World echoes multimedia presentations she has given at The 2013 Midwest Clinic, the 2014 TMEA convention, and countless other seminars. It appears in the June and September 2014 issues of the magazine of the World Association for Symphonic Bands and Ensembles, WASBE World, and the .pdf is offered here with the very kind permission of the organization.

Click here for the full .pdf file readThe e-Frontier


 

Teaching Music Through Performance

 

Alex's unique electroacoustic wind band pieces for high school musicians, TIGHT SQUEEZE, and PAPER CUT, are featured in the field's best known book/CD series, Teaching Music Through Performance in Band, Volume 10, edited by Eugene Migliaro Corporon and released by GIA Publications December 2014.

 

 

 

 

ADDITIONAL MUSIC

Alexwith some of her music at the Hal Leonard rack at the Midwest Clinic, 2014.

Alex loves writing for band! You can listen to any of her other pieces by clicking here Alex's wind band catalog

 

 

 

THE CONTACT INFO

The VERY best way to reach Alex is through email, by clicking here Email Alex!

Email Alex!

You can also leave a voice message or a fax at:
(270) 916-0093, and she'll return your call.

Call Alex!

 

 


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