Composer Highlight: Brooks Frederickson / by and Play

photo cred: Melody Loveless

photo cred: Melody Loveless

Welcome to concert week with andPlay! We had a really fun time yesterday at the New Music Bake Sale both performing and (wo)manning a booth. Tomorrow we will be in Boston performing on the Times Two Series run by Robert Honstein and Maria Finkelmeier. It will be a split show with our dear violinist friend, Lilit Hartunian, and it is shaping up to be a mega-good time! If you are in Boston on March 17th and want to hear some great music hit up our show at The Record Company (960 Mass Ave.) at 8 PM!

Now it is time for you to meet the wonderful composer and our good friend, Brooks Frederickson. We will be playing his piece Contact Is Truth on the both the Boston show and on March 19th in NYC at the Cornelia St. Cafe as part of the Contagious Sounds series. Get to know Brooks a bit better, and then come out to a show and hear his piece!

What was the inspiration for this piece?

The title comes from a piece of graffiti that I use to pass on my way home from work. I thought "Contact is Truth" was a strange thing to write - not strange, but ya know most graffiti is swear words, but this was sort of sweet, sort of naive.  

What are you most excited for this spring?

I'm thinking of buying a new bike for the Spring. Maybe I'll do that before the bike stores raise their prices. 

What is your favorite and/or least favorite thing about writing for the violin/viola combo?

I like how sometimes you can't tell who is playing what. It makes it seem like the music is coming from somewhere else, like it's not the players who are making the music, but the combination of the players somehow makes the music happen. 

SNACKS! Give us some fresh ideas. What are you snacking on these days?

Sweet: Pat Swoboda's Girl Scout cookies that he forgot about in our freezer. Savory: Chips and salsa. 

Tell us something we don't know (about you, about your music, or about the world in general).

When I first moved to the city, the only job I could find was working in a Kale Chip factory in Brooklyn. It was terrible.


To check out more of Brooks' music head on over to his website!