New Music Monday – Evan Williams

It’s New Music Monday again! I’m currently in Texas so, it is still Monday here even if it’s Tuesday EST. This week I’ll be sharing a piece by Wisconsin-based composer, Evan Williams.

I was lucky enough to meet Evan at the 2013 fresh inc festival in Kenosha, WI, for which this week’s featured piece was composed. GRIME is written for what Fifth House Ensemble refers to as the “real string quartet”–violin, viola, ‘cello, and double bass. In addition to being performed at fresh inc, GRIME was performed at the Grand Finale of Make Music Chicago 2013. There are some very neat timbral effects throughout the piece, using the acoustic instruments to emulate the sounds of a distorted electric guitar.

In addition to composing, Williams is also a conductor and an all-around wonderful person. Check out the recording of GRIME below, and be sure to check out the links below the embedded player for even more of Evan Williams!

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