FAKE refers to trickery, pretense, and appearing to be something that is not. It also refers to improvisation, as in ‘faking it’. In this piece the performers improvise following a graphic score, resorting to musical destabilization tricks and soundless gestural miming. This fakery game causes tense ensemble interactions; tension that periodically builds then releases in eruptions of crashes and screeches. The piece is inspired by my observance of computer, smartphone, and Internet technologies’ propagation of uncertainty, skepticism, and disbelief.

Performance in Huddersfield’s Town Hall as part of The Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival on November 19th, 2018 along with the Drift Ensemble.

Performance in St. Paul’s hall at The University of Huddersfield, UK on February 2nd, 2018 with the Drift Ensemble.

Performance at The University of Hull, UK on March 9, 2018 as part of the CLAC series. Performed by the Drift Ensemble.

It was first workshopped and performed in Orford, QC in the summer of 2017 by Émilie Fortin (trumpet), Lara Mitofsky Neuss (bass clarinet), David Therrien-Brongo (percussion – snare drum with objects), and myself (percussion – snare drum with objects).