Viola and piano. 26 minutes. Commissioned by Peter Pohly for violist Stephanie Griffin. Premiere: Momenta Festival, New York, October 4, 2015.
Solo bassoon, 20 minutes. Commissioned and premiered by Peter Kolkay. First performance: Vanderbilt University, February 2015; second performances: Here and Now Festival at Bargemusic, Brooklyn NY, Sepember 2015
text: Charlotte Jackson. Premiere: AIDS Quilt Songbook, Phoenix Concerts, New York City, November 14, 2014
Four Parts Five is a quintet tour de force that takes virtuosic rhythmic ensemble playing to a new level. It’s a densely harmonious, frequently hair-raising, and deeply groovy piece of music: imagine György Ligeti, Philip Glass, Igor Stravinsky, Steve Coleman and Conlon Nancarrow having a dance party – with Morton Feldman and Count Basie watching wryly from the corner. Performed by an ensemble consisting of Beeferman (on piano and Hammond B3 organ), Peter Hess (woodwinds), Anders Nilsson (electric guitar), James Ilgenfritz (bass), and Adam Gold (drums), the album’s four pieces showcase tight, disciplined ensemble playing that spans the sparse, punctuated spaces of “1” and the spiraling, expansive curls of “4” with equal facility.
“Packed with humour, mischief, and an urge to dance.” –The Wire