Turn Your Feet Around (sinfonietta version)




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Sinfonietta & electronics



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commissioned by

Alarm Will Sound and the Mizzou New Music Festival

premiered by

A tribute to Gloria Estefan for sinfonietta and electronics(version for chamber orchestra also available)

Written for Alarm Will Sound

Program Notes

During the COVID-19 pandemic – a highly unusual yet new normal, surreal and yet painfully real time – artists have been challenged to think about what community means. In an artform in which physicality is essential, how is this affected during a pandemic in which our bodies are at risk? Our connection to our physical bodies has deepened, becoming hyper-aware of every breath, every ache, and every anxiety. Furthermore, due to social distancing we haven’t been able physically connect with each other in the same ways as before, simultaneously craving and fearing each other’s human contact. As society reopens, we’re all itching to get up and dance after sitting on our couches for an entire year.

Turn Your Feet Around brings the nightclub to the concert hall. Using deconstructed and warped fragments of the ever fabulous Gloria Estefan’s “Get On Your Feet,” performers have a chance to reconnect with their own physicality by dancing to wild reimagined grooves and 80s-style drum beats. Whether socially distanced or not, it’s time to get on our feet and find the rhythms and movements that have been waiting to unleash this entire year! Because as Gloria says, “Find it, I know it will pull you through.”

Many thanks to Alarm Will Sound and the Mizzou New Music Festival for commissioning this piece.

Teaser video:

(Full video to be released in 2022)

Audio recording:

Performed by Alarm Will Sound

Live performance video:

Performed by Alarm Will Sound
Presented by the Mizzou International Composers Festival
July 31st, 2021


March 21st, 2023 (video performance)
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Monk Space, Los Angeles, CA

November 12th, 2022
Louisville Orchestra concert: “Philharmonia Fantastique Soundcheck”
Performed by the Louisville Orchestra (Teddy Abrams, conductor)
Old Forester’s Paristown Hall, Louisville, KY

October 16th, 2022 (version for brass quintet & electronics – arranged by Egalitarian Brass)
“Egalitarian Brass Goes Electric”
Performed by Egalitarian Brass
Opera America Rehearsal Hall, New York, NY

April 12th, 2022 (video premiere)
Princeton Sound Kitchen: Generals Concert
Taplin Auditorium (Princeton University), Princeton, NJ

March 10th, 2022
Present Music: Ablaze
Performed by Present Music (conducted by David Bloom)
Milwaukee Art Museum & Present Music Digital Stage (live and streamed concert)
Milwaukee, WI

July 31st, 2021
Missouri International Composers Festival: Alarm Will Sound Concert
Performed by Alarm Will Sound (conducted by Alan Pierson)
University of Missouri, Columbia, MO (live and streamed concert)