Ductwork

Ductwork by Linda Bouchard

DUCTWORK (1997)
Sheet Metal I
Flanged
Sheet Metal II
Louvered
Sheet Metal III

Until I got to the job site, I had no idea how much work needed to be done. This was not your standard arrangement. I’d heard the space required an entire circulation system or else one nothing would flow.

I started from scratch, not knowing quite which way to turn, but as it often happens in this business, each situation creates its own patterns; one way or another the work unfolds. In the end “Ductwork” turned out to be, if not a straightforward experience then as least a memorable one. 

The “Flanged” solo was tricky. As usual give a strong voice to an instrumentalist and all sorts of unpredictable elements, start to take shape. To keep things on track I thought the steady chords would help, like a rim around the line.

If “Louvered” sounds short, it is because it is. Once the opening was created I just had to keep the stormy weather from getting in. How it will handle the backdrafts is still anybody’s guess. Only time will tell. 

In terms of composition, the three “Sheet Metals” are of the same alloy. I wanted to put each one to a different task, to create some independence within the system. You’d be surprised how far you can go with a few essential characteristics when you dress them up with the right tools, a few fasteners and a touch of paint. 

Ductwork was composed for Arraymusic in Toronto with the help of a grant from the Canada Council of the Arts commissioning program. – Linda Bouchard

Born in Québec, Canada, Linda Bouchard is based in San Francisco since 1997 and has been an active composer, orchestrator, conductor, and producer. Her works have received awards in the US and in Canada, including a Prix Opus Composer of the Year in Quebec, Fromm Music Foundation Award, Princeton Composition Contest, several SOCAN Composition awards and residencies from the Rockefeller Foundation, Civitella Ranieri, Camargo Foundation and others. Bouchard’s music is recorded on ECM, CRI, CBC, Analekta, Marquis Classics, RCI, Centredisks. Bouchard’s latest projects include a multimedia work called “All Caps No Space,” which has been performed in San Francisco, Vancouver, and at The Banff Centre. In the fall 2015, Bouchard was invited as visiting artist for the Banff Musicians in Residence at The Banff Centre; she also received a Fleck Fellowship at the Leighton artist Colony. She was a Visiting Associate Professor in the Department of Music at UC Berkeley during the spring 2016.

Linda’s latest concert work will be premiered on March 20th in San Francisco with EarPlay Music Ensemble. She is a Lead Artist at San Francisco’s SAFE House and will complete her latest multimedia work “Identity Theft” with performances in July 2017.

This concert was produced by Arraymusic and co-presented with The Music Gallery.
Video by John Creson and Adam Rosen

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