5 Questions for Composer Sean Russell Hallowell

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Born and raised in Salem, Oregon, Sean Russell Hallowell is a musician and composer now living in San Francisco. He holds a Ph.D. in musicology from Columbia University in New York City, where he wrote a dissertation on the metaphysics of compositional tradition in Medieval European vocal polyphony. Taking as point of departure the haecceity of its generative technologies, his work mines the nexus of linear and cyclical processes to forge singular experiences of musical time. His music, selected for showcasing by such institutions as The Society for Electro-Acoustic Music in the United States, may be found online at http://www.isorhythmics.com.

Sean Russell Hallowell will join colleagues from across the globe at the 2016 Florida International Toy Piano Festival in January 2016 presented by The New Music Conflagration, Inc.

1) How did you first become interested in the toy piano as a concert instrument?
Like many a composer before me, I find freedom in constraints, and the toy piano presents a compelling set thereof.

2) What influenced you to come to the festival?
I am generally interested in experimental music as well as timbres not traditionally heard in the concert hall, so the festival caught my attention.

3) Who is your favorite toy piano composer and why?
Can’t say I have a favorite toy piano composer, though I have a feeling Toyeurism’s arrangement of “Piano Phase” will become my favorite toy piano composition.

4) What do you see as the future of toy piano?
Don’t know for certain, but hopefully it leads to the invention of the toy harpsichord.

5) What local place or thing are you most excited to experience during your visit to the Tampa Bay Area for the festival?
I’d love to see a sea turtle.



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