Early last month we entered the beautiful Shalin Liu Performance Center in Rockport, MA to record Mathew's new composition for percussion and piano, "Broken Cycles." Unlike Mathew's last recording with PARMA ("Symphony" for full orchestra), "Broken Cycles" showcases Mathew's talents in writing for small ensemble. The piece is written as a gradual separation between the two performers and we think its one of Mathew's best works to date.
|PARMA Lead Producer Andy Happel, Mathew Fuerst|
Brad Blackham, Stacey Jones
"Broken Cycles" is an intricate piece of music that's success relies on the interaction and harmony between the percussionist and pianist. There are sections of delicate syncopation and Reich-influenced minimalism along with highly rhythmic and technical passages for both players (think the opening of "Music for 18 Musicians").
We're currently working on audio post-production for the recording and we are looking forward to featuring "Broken Cycles" on an upcoming release. Keep an eye out for updates in the next few months!
Mathew holds a Bachelor's Degree in composition from the Eastman School of Music where he studied under fellow PARMA composers David Liptak and Sydney Hodkinson. He also holds Master's and Doctorate degrees in Composition from The Julliard School, where he worked with Robert Beaser and John Corigliano. Mathew is currently on the music faculty at Hillsdale College in Hillsdale, MI.