Tell Me What Democracy Looks Like (2021) - for Pierrot plus ensemble - (12:30)
Complete instrumentation: fl, cl, perc (vibraphone, kick drum, slapstick), pno, mezzo, vln, vc
Comissioned by the Curtis Institute of Music and We the Purple Project for Democracy
In collaboration with Camilla Tassi, projections
Please contact Alexis for pricing and performance details.
Peaceful protests have long been a legacy of America’s democracy. Protests serve as a way for voices to be heard and for communities to come together to acknowledge, support, and work towards a more just society. This piece is a tribute to the progress that has come from peaceful protests over the years, but it also is a call to action: we still have a lot of work to do before our democracy can truly meet the needs of every American.
I wrote a song the night I found out about Ruth Bader Ginsberg’s passing, and that song is the foundation of this piece. May her memory be a blessing, and may her life’s work continue to influence progress in our democracy.
Other text is derived from American public protests as well as the following Supreme Court cases: Tinker v. Des Moines Independent Community School District (1968-69); Bazaar v. Fortune (1973).