Something To Say
tabla, spoken word, and electronics

Tawnie Olson
Composer
Tawnie Olson
Composition Date: 2014
Duration: 00:07:15
Genre: Solo Voice, With Electronic and Misc. Ensemble, Percussion

Instrumentation:

Instrumentation Set Number 1:
  • 1 x Ethnic percussion
  • 1 x Tape
  • 1 x Other voice
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Programme Note:
John Cage once famously declared “I have nothing to say, and I am saying it.” As I was writing this piece, I wondered what the opposite of Cage’s statement would be, and thought it might be “I have something to say, but I am not saying it.” I think the latter statement describes how we often relate to one another. I know that when people say things to me that hurt or upset me, I can have difficulty responding; I might be too upset to speak, or worried about overreacting, and decide to say nothing.As part of the process of composing “Something to Say,” I wrote down some things said to me byfamily, friends, and colleagues. Since none of these things were recorded at the time they were spoken, Shawn and I asked friends to read and record these phrases. (For the record: none of these readers believe what I asked them to say!) I used these recordings in this piece, and I alsoborrowed from a genre of traditional tabla music, called “bol paran,” in which the tabla imitates the sound of human speech. If you listen carefully, after you hear a recorded voice you’ll often hear Shawn reproduce part of the spoken phrase on his instruments.I am so grateful to Shawn Mativetsky for asking me to write this piece, and for playing it so beautifully. It is dedicated to him and to Equality Now.

Premiere Information:
15 February 2014, Chapelle historique du Bon-Pasteur, Montréal, Québec
Shawn Mativetsky, tabla and spoken word

CATALOGUE INFO:

  • Call Number:
  • MV 1930 O52so
  • Genre:
  • Solo Voice, With Electronic and Misc. Ensemble, Percussion
  • Date of Acquisition:
  • May 27, 2014
  • Type:
  • Print-music, Published by CMC
  • Physical Description:
  • 1 score (11 p.) ;
    11 Pages
    Height: 28 cm
    Width: 22 cm
    1 tape part (07:00) ;
  • Language Information
  • Language of libretto: English
  • Additional Information:
  • Commissioned by Shawn Mativetsky
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