Gee's Bend Pieces for Trumpet, Percussion and Piano
Lynn University commissioned “Gee’s Bend Pieces” for their annual New Music Festival in 2010. The composition celebrates the vibrant, geometrically intriguing quilts of Gee’s Bend, Alabama, a once-isolated African American community whose quilts have been hailed as among the greatest achievements in American art. The four-movement work begins with the annunciatory “Red, White, Black.” “Hymn Fade” follows, inspired by the fading indigo patterns on worn dungarees that the quilters ingeniously work into their designs. “Wisp,” for chopstick on suspended cymbal, describes evaporating fog fragments rising on the Alabama River. “Dance” concludes the work, conjuring eye-dazzling patterns and celebrating the joy of fine craft.
Frazelle, Kenneth, "Gee's Bend Pieces for Trumpet, Percussion and Piano" (2009). Commissioned Works. 1.