Joshua Clausen

Composer of Acoustic & Electronic Music

I'm sorry, I've already forgotten your name

 is about the experience of meeting Dave King, the drummer of the noted jazz trio The Bad Plus. I saw the group first when I was 21 years old, their set blew me away and when I spoke to King after the performance I was obnoxious. I was extremely enthusiastic about the music but oblivious to the kinds of social cues that should have told me to wrap it up after a brief thanks. When I shook his hand, I think I even said to him the phrase that is the title of this piece. I shudder to think of this even today.

While social awkwardness is not pleasant, Iā€™m actually very grateful for the underlying cause of the experience, which is the impulse toward hero worship. Some see this tendency as a bad thing, but I would argue that today when so many people see music as something small ā€“ just a pleasant outing or aural wallpaper ā€“ the ability to absolutely loose yourself in the work of a great artist is a gift.

Instrumentation:

Vibraphone

Drum Set: Kick, Snare, Hi-Hat, Ride

Percussion: Piccolo Snare, 3 Toms, Glockenspiel

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Commissioned by Struck Percussion with support from the MacPhail Center for Music