Mariana Trench for flute and live electronics is now up. This five movement piece for solo flute and electronics journeys to the deepest known part of the ocean, exploring an increasingly alien world. Piccolo, flute, and bass flute are featured along the with live electronics processed with a custom iPad application written for the work.
On December 6th, 2013, Dr. Dawn Grapes gave an outstanding performance of my solo flute piece Chaco at Colorado State University's Organ Recital Hall. I was extremely pleased with the vitality and character she brought to her rendition, and wanted to thank her for all of her hard work on this difficult piece.
I started a new work, When the Waters Came Down for Wind Symphony, during the start of the Boulder County Flood of September 2013. As I saw news and pictures of Lyons, Longmont and Boulder come in, some from friends on the verge of losing their homes, I sat in disbelief. My home was now on a peninsula, with Lyons to the west cut off from the world, and neighborhoods just to the south flooded as the St. Vrain river jumped its banks and rerouted itself. The images seemed like they were out of some apocalyptic vision, not of the towns I know and love. The waters came down with an unstoppable will, forever washing away a nostalgic innocence of what once was.
My new work, Song of Kali, is inspired by the 1985 Dan Simmons novel of the same name. This piece for chamber ensemble and solo mezzo-soprano is in the form of a miniature opera, or can perhaps better be described as a film score for a novel.
The piece, like the Dan Simmons story, explores the contrast of the truth of day versus that of night, and confronts Kali, the Goddess of Time and Change. The text includes portions of works abut the Goddess from such poets as Rabindranath Tagore and Swami Vivekananda.
This piece for clarinet, horn, and piano contemplates the process of making a difficult decision, with the eventual need to simply make a choice and proceed with abandon.
Kevin Michael Olson is a composer who creates music with a unique aesthetic by fusing elements of classical and world music in both acoustic and electro-acoustic mediums.