World Premiere of The River created by Kathryn Swanson, composer, focused on the Farmington River and the town of Windsor and its confluence with the River. The piece, comprised of two parts -- The River and The Town --l runs 45 minutes with 8 different pieces with varying combinations of specified multimedia and interdisciplinary elements -- music, dance, film. The multimedia includes newly composed music with acoustic and electronic instrument and electronic manipulations and fixed audio which includes field recordings. Film and dance weave in and around the composition. Dancers, musical instrumentation and voice all are live.
The creation of The River composition was made possible through a generous gift from the Roberts Foundation.
The work reflects "cyclical metaphors such as the changing of the seasons, and the circle of life seemed a logical place to begin. Though broken into two contrasting acts, (The River- nature, and The Town- people) the overall structure of the work is designed to reflect a sort of palindrome or arch form." -- Swanson
A collection of musical haikus written for string trio, harp, and various woodwinds. Film and music by Kathryn Swanson
For live percussion, tape, and video. "Machines" is composed of collected sounds and images from the town of Windsor, CT. Film and music by Kathryn Swanson.
Dr. Kathryn Swanson-Ellis is an active Hartford area composer who has contributed works to several of the region’s new music festivals. Kathryn began working in the Hollywood music industry as a music copyist, arranger, technical assistant, and orchestrator on several cable released movies, as well as TV series including Cartoon Network’s, Samurai Jack and Star Wars: The Clone Wars. Since moving to Hartford, she has been able to collaborate with a number of the local artists in the spheres of both theater and dance having composed music for a Midsummer Night’s Dream (directed by Malcolm Morrison), and several collaborations with Full Force Dance Theatre, among others. In 2013 Kathryn completed The River, a collaborative, multimedia, and interdisciplinary work commissioned by the Windsor Arts Council.
Kathryn earned her BA in Music Theory/Composition from Azusa Pacific University, and her MM and DMA in Composition (with a Theory minor) from The Hartt School. In 1999, she began teaching ear training, music theory, and electronic music courses. In 2003, she earned her Kodaly Certification from Nebraska Wesleyan University. At the Hartt School, she is currently teaching first and second semester Elementary Ear Training.