Rulon Brown will debut new music for sax and electronics, 10 a.m., Saturday, April 5, 2014 during the Kenmore Hydroplane Cup opening ceremonies at the newly renovated Kenmore Boat Launch along the Sammamish River. This free family event is a toast to the Sammamish River, Native heritage, and Washington’s rich boating culture and hydroplane traditions.
Rulon is building a set of new creations inspired by the Sammamish River and calls the series “Ripple.” The Kenmore Hydroplane Cup will be the first public performance of what Rulon is developing and more will be shared this summer in partnership with 4Culture and King County Parks.
WHY I AM SHARING THIS MUSIC ON MARTIN LUTHER KING DAY?
Because this of all days is the closest thing we have to a national reflection about race and how to dissuade ourselves of it’s illusion.
This song is violent, damaged and filled with fear, my portrait of American racism. I wrote and recorded this music in Michigan during a 2012 Hill House composer residency for ISLAND (Institute for Sustainable Living Art & Natural Design). I prefer to say little about this song and just let it speak for itself. You can find it on my new solo album, RESTLESS – music about American Dreams.
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