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Alex Shapiro, composer email

 

SURFACE

for symphonic wind band,
and pre-recorded soundscape.


Composed by Alex Shapiro.

Grade 5 and beyond.


2010. Duration 3:55.
Published by Activist Music LLC (ASCAP).


score cover

 

SURFACE is available as a physical, bound set of score and parts plus audio download, or as a digital set of .pdf score and parts, plus audio download.
Full set: $150. Score only: $25.



 

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LICENSES INCLUDED:

 

Synchronization and mechanical rights are included free of charge for music educators and non-profit ensembles wishing to create a virtual recording and video of this piece, subject to written approval from Ms. Shapiro prior to publicly posting the media.

 

 

 

 

Orca

 

 

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Stream

 

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The .mp3 stream or download of the live premiere of SURFACE.

 

Recorded live at Ted Mann Hall in Minneapolis, MN., February 16, 2011 by Minnesota Public Radio, performed by the University of Minnesota Symphonic Band, Jerry Luckhardt, conductor.

 


reference MP3
reference MP3

 

 

 

 

 

QUICK LINKS

 
 
 
 
 

seal devouring an octopus!

SURFACE instrumentation

bull kelp bed

 

 

 

PROGRAM NOTE

 

 

SURFACE is a mini percussion concerto that reflects a Harbor seal's dramatic lunchtime assault on a Giant Pacific octopus, witnessed by the composer from her studio as she began writing this movement. A sudden explosion through the calm water revealed two animals flailing in battle one moment, then diving below to deceptive stillness… until the next violent eruption. The seal eventually won its meal, but not without the chaos of significant effort. In this habitat of life and struggle, every day brings a challenge.

 

 

 


 

Enjoy this video of SURFACE, performed by the Washington State University Wind Ensemble, conducted by Dahn Pham on a concert devoted to Shapiro's music during her residency as guest composer for the Festival of Contemporary Art Music on February 9, 2013.

 

 

WSU performance

 

 

You can also enjoy a setting of SURFACE that, while still related to being underwater, has nothing to do with sea life! This video is scored with a recording of the live premiere of SURFACE, performed by the University of Minnesota Symphonic Band, conducted by Jerry Luckhardt at Ted Mann Concert Hall in Minneapoli, MN, February 2011.

 

 

 

 

surf grass

 

 

 

 

PERUSAL CONDUCTOR SCORE for SURFACE

(email Activist Music for the code):

 

.pdf file of the TRANSPOSED CONDUCTOR SCORE, 9 x 12; 42 pages


 

 

CONDUCTOR SCORE



perusal score

 

 

 

Lion's Mane jellyfish

 

 

 

 

TECHNICAL NOTES:

 

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

 

pdf of tech guide

 

This music lends itself to a multimedia performance if desired, with video, photos, lighting, or set design concepts. For access to existing photographs from Alex's extensive portfolio, or for more information, please contact Alex mail link

 

 

 

 

The marching bass drums and toms can be substituted with concert drums. The composer wanted to bridge the two worlds just a little bit, and bring an aspect of the marching arts onto the concert stage.

 

Want to see what five marching bass drums look like in the percussion section? Here's the setup from The Ohio State University premiere:

 

 
OSU marching drums

 

OSU marching drums

 

 

 

 

 

WEBHEARSALS

 

Zoom, Skype, Google Meet, 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 session and by the time it ends, is remarkable.

Alex can tell the ensemble 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. Get in touch with Alex-- her contact info is at the bottom of this page.

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



 

Skypehearsal

Alex was an early adopter of online "webhearsals"! Here's one from December 2012 with Alex in her studio on Washington's San Juan Island, and band director Mary Bauer and the Mt. Mansfield Union High School Band far across the continent in Vermont.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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 the presentations she has given at the 2013 Midwest Clinic, the 2014 TMEA convention, and countless other seminars, and appears in the June and September 2014 issues of the magazine of the World Association for Symphonic Bands and Ensembles, WASBE World. The pdf is offered here with the very kind permission of the organization.

 

 

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


 

 


 

 

tidal rock

 

 

 

 

PROGRAM BIO

PROGRAM BIO for Alex Shapiro

Alex Shapiro bio and photos
Link to IMMERSION

SURFACE is also the second movement of Alex's wind symphony to the sea, IMMERSION. Click here to read about the suite.

 

 

 

orca whale and gull

 

 

 

 

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 (what's THAT?) at: (270) 916-0093, and she'll return your call.

 

Call Alex!

 

 

All photographs by Alex Shapiro (offering a good hint about where all this watery music comes from!).

 

 

 

Alex Shapiro at the Hal Leonard Booth at the Midwest Clinic in Chicago, December 2014.

There's a lot more Shapiro band music to hear!

 

Head on over to THIS PAGE for an overview of Alex's wind band pieces. You can listen to each one, read all about it via a link, and if desired, request a free pdf perusal score. Have fun!

 

 

shore

 

 


     
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