Daft & Gritty for Chamber Orchestra
For Flute, Oboe, 2 Clarinets, Bassoon, Horn, Trumpet, Trombone, 2 Violins, Viola, Cello, Bass, Percussion, and Piano
About the Music
Named a “one-woman dynamo” by the Boston Globe, Maria Finkelmeier is a percussionist, composer, educator, and arts entrepreneur based in Boston, Massachusetts. Finkelmeier is co-founder of the artist collective, Massery Studios, where she passionately showcases her talents as a nuanced interpreter and creator of new music. It was for Massery Studios’ “Brutal Rhythm,” a band of six electro-acoustic instrumentalists, that Finkelmeier first conceived Daft & Gritty. Daft & Gritty takes its inspiration from Boston’s Brutalist architecture movement from the 1960s and 70s. According to Finkelmeier the work “celebrates the controversy of these grey, cement, mid- century buildings with their bold placement and futuristic intention amidst centuries of bickering opinions by their beholders.” Tonight’s performance is the world premier of the chamber orchestra version.
Phoenix blog curator Jesse Christeson had a chance to get some of Finkelmeier's thoughts on Daft & Gritty and brutalist architecture in Boston and put them together for our blog. Check it out!