Four Dimensions is a quartet written by Danji Buck-Moore for Violin, Viola, Tenor Saxophone, and Fender Rhodes electric piano for his Senior Project at the Watershed Community School in Rockland, Maine.
The goal for the project was fourfold:
1) to complete the composition of the piece
2) to perform it in a live concert setting
3) to complete a written paper describing the piece and the process
4) to record the piece so as to have a permanent audio record of the project
They were all completed.
The instrumentalists for the project were Josie Davis, Violin, Lizzy Moore, Viola, Peter Van Siclen, Tenor Saxophone, and composer Danji Buck-Moore, Fender Rhodes.
Four Dimensions was premiered on May 11, 2007, at St. Peter’s Episcopal Church, in Rockland, Maine, as part of a benefit concert for the Watershed Community School with pianist Glenn Jenks.
Following the success of that performance the group was booked for another performance on June 10, 2007, at the Rockland Congregational Church. This performance was also a great success.
The group recorded the piece in June 2007 with Rush DeNooyer at Moody Mountain Studios in Hope, Maine. It was also mixed there by Rush, Josie, and Danji in September 2007.
Recordings of both live performances also exist.
My hope is that through this finished studio recording, the paper hard-copy of the piece, and people’s memories of the two live performances, the music of Four Dimensions will always be available to look back on, remember, and enjoy.
I also hope, at some time in the future, to have the privilege of hearing another group with the tenacity and interest to tackle the piece perform it, or to perform it again myself.
To obtain a playable score to play from if you like it, the final paper, or for any other information, please contact Danji Buck-Moore.
Thanks for your interest in the project.
Josie Davis, Violin:
Josie Davis, 15, of Waldoboro, Maine, has been studying the violin for nine years. She is concertmaster of the Bay Chamber Advanced Chamber Ensemble, and has participated in the Midcoast Symphony, Bay Chamber’s Next Generation Program, the Maine All-State Orchestra, and Kneisel Hall. She is a member of the Calliope String Quartet which recently won the Lark Societies'' String Quartet Competition. Josie is a Sophomore at the Watershed Community School.
Lizzy Moore, Viola:
Lizzy Moore, a 2007 graduate of the Watershed Community School, currently studies at the North Carolina School for the Arts. She has played in Bay Chamber’s Next Generation Program, the Bay Chamber Advanced Chamber Ensemble, and the Odeon Youth Orchestra, where she also was assistant conductor. She has also played, sung, and composed for various other projects outside of the classical realm.
Peter Van Siclen, Tenor Saxophone:
Peter is a saxophonist and a Master of Music candidate in the Jazz Composition program at the University of Massachusetts - Amherst. A graduate os Hamilton College, he has played with Danji Buck-Moore in their band Michael Shakley & Graham, and also in the bands Zeaskeez and Ted Only Knows. His compositions range from string quartet to big band. He hopes to share his passion through a career in music education and to continue personally developing as a composer.
Danji Buck-Moore, Fender Rhodes
Also the composer of Four Dimensions, Danji is a 2007 graduate of Watershed Community School. Currently spending a year abroad in Costa Rica, he will begin undergraduate studies at McGill University in Montreal in Fall 2008. Classically trained as a pianist, Danji has also played and composed in numerous other formats and groups, including several regular local jazz jams. His jazz/funk/avant-garde trio with saxophonist Peter Van Siclen and drummer Noah Cole, Michael Shakley & Graham, has gigged regularly and recently released their first album. Four Dimensions represents his first large- scale compositional undertaking in the classical realm.
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