Triangle Trio (2013, rev. 2016)
Triangle Trio (2013, revised 2016)
for triangle, castanets, and tambourine
Tim Berg, triangle; Justin Peters, castanets; Mark Eichenberger, tambourine
Evan Chapman, audio & video
Recorded on Jan. 30, 2017 in Blue Parallax Studio, Brooklyn, NY
Triangle Trio is the second piece from my series for portable percussion instruments. I spent my childhood in South Korea in the 1980s-90s where expensive classical instruments were not available in public schools. Most of the music classes were conducted in a crowded classroom of 50-something children; triangle, castanets, and tambourine comprised the main rhythm section while melodions and recorders played tunes.
Decades later, I decided to elevate this sheer joy of noise-making. My desire to rethink music, coupled with the belief that the silly little instruments can create an intricate musical structure, found a surprising parallel from this childhood experience. Triangle Trio unfolds in cycles. Each cycle develops some characteristic element from the initial rhythmic motive. After a written-out ritardando at the end of the piece, the beginning rhythm is restated at 1/16th of the initial tempo, transformed unrecognizably. Triangle Trio is written for and dedicated to my good friend, e-cigarette smoking Tim Berg.