The Art of Carol Beesley

Emerald Lake

Emerald Lake

Blue River

Blue River

Downstream

Downstream

Late Afternoon in Santa Fe

Late Afternoon in Santa Fe

Music From the Installation

Commencement

Commencement is a composition for percussion trio and fixed media commissioned by artist Carol Beesley. This work is inspired by Beesley’s Emerald Lake, a vibrant and expressive portrait of a body of water encompassed by a lush mountain range near Crested Butte, Colorado. I had the fortune to accompany Ms. Beesley on a photoshoot featuring Emerald Lake during the Summer of 2014. Not only was I astounded by the magnitude and beauty of the location, I was also inspired by the vivacious energy of the town and the plethora of saturated colors that permeated the surrounding area. This experience left a profound impression on my approach to art, and thus marked the commencement of what I hope will be a lasting relationship with my mentor and patron. Commencement strives to synthesize the stunning colors of Beesley’s painting and my initial impressions of Emerald Lake into a work that reflects the journey that began with a spark of inspiration on the shore of that verdant lake, culminating in a composition intended to illustrate the developing relationship between my patron and me.

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Refraction

Dawson Dowdy

Refraction is a work for fixed media written for Carol Beesley’s painting Blue River, a peacefully hypnotic painting of cerulean water swirling around three river stones. Refraction is intended to be the one purely electronic work of “The Complexity of Color.” Given that the focus of the other paintings is more centered towards the performers, I wanted to shift attention strictly back to the art by conveying Blue River’s sense of serenity through complete sonic immersion. As the theatre is bathed in the soft blue light of the painting, let the soundscape transport you to a gentle, flowing river side.

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Downpour

Downpour is a hybrid-graphic score written for tenor sax, trombone, and vibraphone to accompany Carol Beesley’s painting Downstream, a colorful and texturally intriguing painting that melds multiple perspectives of a river, shore, and mountain side into a single image. Downpour is an exercise in forced creativity under the crushing yet ultimately inspiring weight of deadlines. Given that perspective is such an essential element of the painting, I wanted to offer the performers a chance to express their own unique interpretations of the art. Each instrument is assigned a particular piece of the painting and a corresponding cue. The performers then improvise based on their interpretation of their section. Since each instrument represents a different part of the painting, every subsequent solo builds upon previous ideas in the other parts until the painting is finally reassembled.

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Sunset

Dawson Dowdy

Sunset is a composition for jazz quartet commissioned by artist Carol Beesley for “The Complexity of Color.” This work was written to accompany Beesley’s Late Afternoon in Santa Fe, a harmonious and rustic still-life overlooking various potted flora resting on an antique oak tabletop bathed in the warm rays of an evening sun. Sunset is meant to function as a soundtrack for the painting, as if the person staring down onto the table is listening to an old record collection while basking in waves of nostalgia and longing for times long past.

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