Several years ago I premiered Traversing, Rand Steiger’s concerto for cello and live electronics at Cadogan Hall in London with the Southbank Sinfonia. It was memorable partly because we checked, double-checked and triple-checked all the electronics before the performance, left the hall at 6.55pm, came back at 7.30, no-one having touched anything…I started the piece, the orchestra came in…and the electronics did nothing! The engineers then had to spend several minutes dismantling various bits of gear and re-patching, and then it worked miraculously. But it was a memorable evening mainly because the piece is really fantastic. We recorded the following day, and Rand took the audio files and worked wonders with the electronics to produce a very exciting disc that also includes other pieces of his, all equally beautiful, imaginative and often moving. Check the link here
Music and rhythm find their way into the secret places of the soul.