Andy Akiho

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

I falleN TwO

Performed by Domenic Salerni Violin; Jiyun Han, Violin; Eve Tang, Viola; Mariel Roberts, Cello; Andy Akiho, steel pans.

I falleN TwO, a quintet for string quartet and steel pans, depicts in seven continuous movements the struggles of an individual faced with dualities.  The title embraces multiple interpretations, one of which is a melodic representation of  the word “two” by a falling interval of a second, another the belief that eventually everything will fall into place. There are many other possible readings of the title; please feel free to choose one for yourself.


Aka, which means red in Japanese, is the first movement of Synesthesia Suite.  Each of the 14 movements is named for a color.  Aside for black and white, which have no tonal centers, each color is associated with one of the 12 equal tempered pitches. White features obscure harmonics produced by striking the spaces between the hammered steel pan notes, and Black is an atonal improvisation. Centered on the pitch of A, Aka uses a four-measure ostinato that is built upon throughout the composition.

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Comments [8]

Andy is one of the best up and coming composers in the world!

Jan. 22 2011 12:17 PM
Rod Mitchell from Orange CT

The more I listen to Andy's music, the more I want to hear. He makes Caribbean steel pan music his own, blending it with a modern American sensibility.

Aug. 07 2010 12:02 PM

Andy Akiho is a tremendous composer and musician. What a treat to hear his music on this website. Keep it coming!

Jul. 06 2010 11:51 PM
sam from USA

Andy is a hardworking and dedicated composer and performer. Would really like to see what he comes up with if the commission is his.

Jul. 01 2010 04:33 PM
ATS from NYC

Andy's music would be sure to make an exciting and memorable commission!

Jul. 01 2010 10:36 AM

I love Andy's music. It is fun to play, fun to listen to and it sticks with you long after it's done. I could listen to Aka again and again!

Jun. 29 2010 01:26 PM
Gillian Omalyev

Andy is a wonderfully creative spirit who infects everyone he comes in contact with his ecstatic energy. Whether it's through his compositions or performances this is definitely a composer that needs to be seen more often.

Jun. 23 2010 09:20 AM
Jordan Kuspa

Andy is an absolute original. His music is brilliant and leaves a lasting impression. Listen to Aka--you probably won't be able to forget it! Catchy and fun, Andy's is the kind of music I want to hear more of, again and again.

Jun. 19 2010 11:35 PM

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