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David Morneau is a composer of an entirely undecided genre, a provider of exclusive unprecedented experiments. In his work he endeavors to explore ideas about our culture, issues concerning creativity, and even the very nature of music itself.
David Morneau does not compose his music with a ‘poetic power’ that emphatically discharges from his work enchanting you in a hallucinogenic state of borderline exaltation. He does not intensely attempt to infuse symbolism into his work and shows no melodic motivation whatsoever. This would not be David. So you ask, ‘Well, then what does this so-called proclaimed musical talent propose to do?’
David began playing the trombone when he was nine because it was shiny and had a slide. His excitement with the instrument grew when he realized he could literally spit out of the shiny bell and it was actually an acceptable action. Once he became quite good at the musical part of the trombone, he then realized his performance ability to charm and alarm all at once. He became elated at the idea of bringing something offbeat to the stage just to see how people would react. This would involve a lot more than just a trombone…you would need many more instruments! Jugglers! Dancers! Computers! And you can’t just find something offbeat and alarming like that on a shelf somewhere—that would mean someone else had already done it. It would be old news—expected and redundant. You find it in the produced works of David Morneau himself. (Where he found it remains a mystery to most.)
Just to clarify, David is not a trombone performer. He is a composer of an entirely undecided genre. Among his diverse projects are 60x365 – a year-long podcast project for which he composed a new one-minute piece every day, Boop Boop Beep – a solo performance for Nintendo Gameboy, Three Questions – an experimental graphic score for any performer(s), and The Rhythm Variations – 12 variations on Gershwin for solo piano (winner of the 2004 Ruth Friscoe Prize in Composition). David’s current projects include a short concert-opera based the classic Simon electronic game and The Amen Variations – a series of music videos for a dance in collaboration with Amiti Perry. He is also an active member of Seen Performance, an artist collective in New York City.
David’s music has been featured on a number of festivals worldwide, including the SPARK Festival of Electronic Music and Arts, Electronic Music Midwest, Sonoscope: Zeppelin, Expo Brighton, and SoundImageSound. He has participated in Robert Voisey’s 60x60 project since 2006. He has been featured on NPR’s All Things Considered and Kalvos and Damian’s New Music Bazaar. David holds degrees in music composition from Cornerstone University and Western Michigan University and is a doctoral candidate at The Ohio State University.
You could say he’s crazy but credentialed, or credentially-crazed. Do not think of him as yet another one of those ‘unique composers’ but rather a provider of exclusive unprecedented experiments. He carries his charm and alarm, the glamour to make standards stammer, the appeal of the unreal. Ladies and Gentleman, I give you Mr. David Morneau…also available at http://5of4.com.
[by Anna Morneau – June 2009]
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