Chain of Circumstances, a modular work for solo pianist and solo dancer, explores aspects of recombinance, modularity, and non-linear musical structures. In this regard, the work is conceived as a series of disparate, distinctive, and relatively static musical states that provides an ever-changing sonic canvas, which the pianist(s) may alter at will. In performances that include solo dancer and/or electronics, the result is a kind of dynamic and unpredictable “feedback loop” between the various elements; this fixed video realization of the work was created specifically for the type of remote concert experience that has become common (and necessary) during the current pandemic. Chain of Circumstances was supported by a grant from Texas Woman’s University, and composed in February–March 2020 for pianist Richard Shuster and dancer/choreographer Jordan Fuchs.
Joseph Klein – Director, Composer, Audio/Video Editing & Producer; Richard Shuster – Pianist; Jordan Fuchs – Dancer & Choreographer; Dayna Ballenger – Lighting Designer (dance); Danielle Willis – Camera Operator (dance)