In this RTV episode, we listen to Earl Howard (synthesizer), Gerry Hemmingway (percussion), and Anthony Davis (piano) premiere “Shattered Glass” and “Ditch.”
“Shattered Matters” is a new composition of structured improvisation exploring the de-positioning, reforming, and regrouping of events. “Ditch” is a new piece for solo saxophone.
Performance date: 09/28/2008
Episode release date: 04/07/2010
Host: Phoebe Legere
Earl Howard has been performing his compositions in the United States and Europe for over thirty years. His recent compositions include music for live electronics and electronic tape music as well as that for electronics and instruments. Earl Howard’s method of creating orchestrated sounds with electronics and adding live, improvisational performance creates a unique, densely layered composition. Earl has performed for enthusiastic audiences at numerous venues including Merkin Hall, the Whitney Museum, The Kitchen, The Knitting Factory, Roulette, and Carnegie Recital Hall. In 2011, Earl Howard received a Guggenheim Fellowship. In 2004, his first sound installation was commissioned for the Tiffany Collection at the Queens Museum of Art. In the spring of 2003, Howard had a Regents Fellowship at UCSD. He received three New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowships. In 1998, he was the recipient of Harvard’s Fromm Foundation Commission. He graduated from California Institute of the Arts in Music Composition in 1974.