Trey Pollard – “Fixed Ideas: I”
Of the piece “Fixed Ideas: I,” Pollard says:
Fixed Ideas: I is from a set of siblings pieces for chamber strings and piano that are overly concerned with some aspect of their own composition. A bit like accepting someone for not just their redeeming qualities, but all their faults too, these pieces are allowed to wallow a bit in their neuroses. This one in particular is fixated on its own form; it wants desperately to make sense from left to right and for all the little stops along the way to have some purpose.
You may recognize “Fixed Ideas: I.” In May, Pollard and Spacebomb teamed up with The Line of Best Fit to premiere part of the piece via a live stream of the recording session from Montrose Recording in Richmond, VA. Not even the composer had heard the music yet – this was the first time a group of musicians had performed it, and the stream allowed the listener to hear the music as it was rehearsed, perfected, and recorded. Viewers took a rare, intimate front-row seat as Pollard conducted and instructed his players – a 16-piece orchestra comprised of string instruments and a pianist – while they rehearsed, and ultimately recorded, his debut compositions. It’s not often that outsiders get such a close look inside the creative process of recording chamber music, especially not for a composer’s anticipated debut. Watch the archived live stream here.
Catch Trey Pollard live with a string quintet, performing pieces from Antiphone:
Nov 13 – Richmond VA – The Hofheimer (Classical Revolution)
Nov 15 – Brooklyn NY – Rough Trade NYC (In-store performance)