An Open Letter to Sam Beam (2019) - for solo hammered dulcimer (with percussion and voice) - (7:00)
Commissioned by Anthony McIntosh
Complete instrumentation: hammered dulcimer, cajon with soft beater, goat toes/cabasa, voice
Listen to a MIDI rendering of the piece here.
This piece was inspired by Sam Beam’s music, although he is better known by his band name, Iron and Wine. Iron and Wine’s music always creates a comfortable, peaceful place for me, and I am thrilled to have the opportunity to listen to and digest Iron and Wine’s music on a deeper and more active level. Beam’s use of arpeggiated guitar strumming, whisper-like voice, and harmonizations of melody are the catalyst for this piece. “An Open Letter to Sam Beam” allows me to accept vulnerability and simplicity through this music I have loved for so long. I hope that it creates a similar atmosphere for the performer and listeners.