MASK PATTERN NO. 1
Mask Pattern No 1 is the first in a series of pieces for sewists and their sewing machines. Mask Pattern No 1 was written for sewists of all levels – all you need is a sewing machine and a steady beat to get started. This pattern can be performed with 1-3 sewists following applicable social distancing guidelines. Click the link below to see the score.
Logo for Aperture Duo, created using printing block and paint.
In September, 2017 the Trump administration announced the end of the DACA program. This piece is in one way a dirge for DACA. When chanted, the letters “D, A, C, A” sound very similar to Dies Irae, the Latin hymn for the dead. However, this piece is also a celebration. In Mexican culture, death is not always as sad, or permanent, as it is viewed in other cultures. On Day of the Dead, for example, the dead return to the living and it is a night of celebration. This piece is a lament as well as a celebration of DACA - a program that is not dead, but ready to come back in a new and more permanent form.
Here is the score:
Sing and/or play “D, A, C, A” solemnly, as a chant. Begin in unison, then gradually drift apart and continue the chant. End together with an “Amen” over a G-D plagal cadence.
Commissioned by Wild Up as part of the group's Postal Pieces series.