Premiere: Chad Thompson, Michael Kemp, David Robbins, Rebecca Sharrick, Eleanor Kreilkamp, Thomas Childs. Duquesne University, 2008.
Instrumentation: four amplified voices, two percussion
Program Notes: cha chi ka was inspired by Indian drumming solfege I heard during a concert in Boston several years ago. Combining voices and percussion was intriguing; this piece involves interplay not only between the percussionists and vocalists, but amongst the voices as well. It begins in aleatoric fashion and moves into a tribal rhythm. The piece also explores some antiphonal ideas, as the voices provided a vehicle to utilize space as well as sound.
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