Presence

A Preview from a rehearsal recording performed on April 25, 2022.

An article in the Appeal Democrat about the public premiere of presence on June 11, 2022.

Presence is a flexible, generative, and immersive sound installation environment. The piece is powered by a computer algorithm that analyzes data in real time about the date, time, and weather of the location in which the piece is performed. Thus, the piece is not only different whenever it is performed, but concurrent performances hosted in different locations will also produce different results.

With seven distinct sound sources symbolizing the seven days, Presence molds a range of environments suitable for contemplation, dancing, introspection, meditation, prayer, and ritual. Participants are encouraged to come as they are and experience the piece in a safe, welcoming environment. In theory, the piece has no fixed beginning or end, and participants are free to come and go as they please during any given performance. Through participation listeners may find the space to cultivate a peaceful curiosity and open mind. The nature of the Presence is ephemeral after all – if you miss it now it will never be the same again.

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