Amid the Noise is a set of works composed by Jason Treuting of Sō Percussion. The percussion department at Boston Conservatory, of which I was a student at the time, joined other groups and individuals from the Boston area to give the concert at Le Labertoire in Cambridge, MA. Maria Finkelmeier beautifully organized and presented the concert. Among the other things she does as a performer, composer, and all around hard worker, she presents some of the most exciting live concerts in Boston!
Meeting Jason and performing with him was a refreshing musical experience, the kind you don't realize you needed until it's over. It's especially nice to have a performance with someone that is successful, passionate, and still personal about performing music and meeting people. He clearly feels excitement and nerves right along with the rest of us. The collaboration was refreshing.
After a few rehearsals, and only two with Jason, we gave the performance. It was a great time! The full performance can be found below (from YouTube), thanks to Kadence Arts!
The students of Boston Conservatory can be seen performing the movements: Go, June, Work Slow Life, White, and March in this video.
A few months later, I get word of something else from my teacher at the Conservatory, Doug Perkins. I haven't mentioned him yet, but I should say that without him, none of us at school would have had the connection to this performance opportunity. Doug is a founding member of Sō along with Jason (not to mention they are good friends), and I'm thankful for his recommendation. So, I find out that Sō Percussion is selected to perform at the 2017 PAS convention in Indianapolis. And, they are performing Amid the Noise. And, Jason was so thrilled by the Amid the Noise performance that he wanted to perform parts of it. Not only our show in Boston, but certainly others as well including the Sō Percussion Summer Institute.
Sure enough, the Sō guys want us to join them on stage for this performance to be a part of their Amid the Noise set. Even though I had graduated at the time and was then working on my DMA at the University of Iowa, I was so blessed to be a part of Sō Percussion's evening performance at PASIC 2017. It was unforgettable.
I snapped this photo of Jason during the sound check before the show. Pretty good, I think.
After all of that, I had to commemorate my own experience. The thing that stuck with me after performance of Amid the Noise was singing March at the end of the show. Yes, in the show as we all play the melody, we also sing. But also, everyone gets this melody stuck in their head, and it hangs around for days. In an amazing way, every time you make eye contact with someone else that played with you, you know it is lingering with them too. I will never forget having dinner with my girlfriend, Gabriella Mayer, who also performed Amid the Noise with me in Boston and at PASIC. We kept laughing because we both were humming March almost non-stop while we ate. Truly a day to remember.
So, to honor this experience, and in an effort to create something out of all the inspiration and excitement I was feeling, I wrote and recorded this simple rendition of March. It was done in one evening with my marimba and my computer. I hope you enjoy it, and let the beautiful, patient melody get stuck in your head.