Spill

2007 listen

In Spill a large cone-shaped pendulum swings through the space, gently spilling out 20 kilos of rice grains. The solo performer humbly offers bowls, temple bells, rice paper and other sounding materials to produce delightfully unexpected rhythms. Created for Vanessa Tomlinson and premiered at Melbourne’s “Big West Festival” (2007), Spill is a work that explores my ongoing interest in percussion and kinetic sculpture. In an earlier example, Strings Attached (1999), six performers use nylon ropes to create massive visual wave patterns.

Erik Griswold


Erik Griswold AU

Eclectic composer-pianist Erik Griswold fuses experimental, jazz and world music traditions to create works of striking originality. Specializing in prepared piano, percussion and toy instruments, since the late 1980s he has composed solo and chamber works for many adventurous performers in the U.S. and Australia. In 2014 he is concentrating on a new work for the La Jolla Symphony, Jeux a la fin du monde / Games at the end of the world, expanding on ideas and musical textures from Debussy's Jeux and Lutoslawski's Jeux Venitiens. Griswold has lived in San Diego, Los Angeles, New York, Melbourne, Adelaide, and now calls Brisbane home. He is currently recipient of the prestigious Australia Council Fellowship in Music, adjunct professor at Queensland Conservatorium, Griffith University, and holds a PhD from University of California, San Diego.

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Erik Griswold