From the composers and performers: "Sketches of Self" honors the themes of identity and tradition which imbue the "Come See About Me" collection. Drawing inspiration from the varied textural palette of the collection, the opening of the piece casts a gentle, rippling musical landscape which evolves into edge-of-your-seat, sporadic interplay. Based on the same underlying compositional material, the two distinct sections meld into one broader musical statement. In a similar way, composition and improvisation coexist harmoniously in the piece as the two elements inform each other symbiotically in performance.
As a sonic installation, the piece aims to further highlight the idea of unity in diversity within the collection. This project is part of an on-going partnership between UMMA and the U-M School of Music, Theatre & Dance, supported by the Katherine Tuck Enrichment Fund and the Greg Hodes and Heidi Hertel Hodes—Partners in the Arts Endowment Fund.