Masked implies something hidden to the outside world. In this piece I treated many elements in this way: rhythmic and melodic figures and even the guitars themselves mask each other. Finally, I imagined what kind of music I might want to write if I were also wearing a kind of mask that would hide my identity as a composer. At times, the mask "falls off" in places and true elements are revealed.
Masked was written for Guerrilla Composers Guild and Ignition Duo: Ramon Fermin and David Gonzales.
Masked (older version) performed by Ignition Duo: Ramon Fermin and David Gonzales.
Two electric guitars with distortion and delay pedals
ca. 5 minutes
June 2, 2016
Ignition Duo at the 2016 Spoleto Festival, Charleston, SC (review of the concert here)
April 23, 2016
Ramon & Friends featuring Ignition Duo, Forest Hill Concerts, San Francisco, CA
May 30, 2015
Ignition Duo at Seventh Avenue Performances, Seventh Avenue Presbyterian, San Francisco, CA
May 10, 2015
Ignition Duo at San Francisco Conservatory of Music, Sol Joseph Recital Hall, San Francisco, CA
February 27, 2015*
Guerrilla Composers Guild presents: Ignition Duo, Center for New Music, San Francisco, CA
*Indicates a world premiere