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Golden

Golden exists as a musical composition, a painting, and a poem. Created by Jeffrey Hoover, Golden is an example of his work where an idea is presented in multiple artforms simultaneously. As the composer, the painter, and the poet, Hoover is able to use the elements and principles of the separate works and the audience’s response to bring these works together.

Golden
acrylic and pastel on paper – 30″W x 24″H

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Golden

Aureus. Glowing.
With affinity, warm and healing,
Prized as the Light of the Sun,
A pale reflection of infinite Good.

Impervious, dense, and yet translucent…
It is the object of an Alchemy and the perfect Ring of the Universe.
“Who dares to speak of its age?” roars the Lion of the Stars!
“Who dares to debase it through greed?”
“Has Man not learned his lesson?”

The un-tarnished visage of a King,
Three millennia past…
The un-corroded face of a Pioneer,
Three decades forward…
Both, now in silence, wait for the moment.

It was, it is, and it shall be a mystery:
How the Heart, pure and balanced,
keeps all things alive
and brings those past back to life,
through Love Eternal.

-Jeffrey Hoover

This performance is by Rebecca Jeffreys, alto flute, and Molly Lozeau, piano. Contacting the artists: Rebecca Jeffreys – rjeffreys@charter.net, Molly Lozeau – Mollylozeau@gmail.com.


Venetian Gold

Venetian Gold is not about money or alchemy. Venetian Gold is about something of even greater value – the product of the workshops of some of the greatest string instrument makers in history. Venetian Gold takes language and sound of the violin and shapes it to form a new work that crosses the boundaries of music and art.

Solo violin and digital media print.

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The Cape

Soloist (trumpet or soprano saxophone) and Orchestra (or band or jazz quintet). Painting 30″ wide x 24″ tall. Pastel and acrylic on paper.

The Cape is about place and emotional atmosphere, a composition that takes the listener to a shore where one can feel the wind and the musk of water while standing firmly on dry land.

As a functional music composition, The Cape is a work in which the Jazz and Classical music worlds are one. A concerto in a single movement, The Cape follows many classical conventions, screened through a filter of jazz practices. The lead solo part is interchangeable, and may be played on the trumpet, the flugelhorn, or the soprano saxophone. From the start of the work, the soloist “owns” the melody, with the orchestra following. Rather than possessing two distinct themes, The Cape has one melody that is presented and transformed throughout the work, much in the same way a melody evolves in a jazz performance. The soloist’s cadenza is accompanied by the drum set, not heard totally on its own. In these ways and others, the work is taken on its own terms, rather than fitting exclusively into jazz or classical idioms.

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September

September has always been a month of change and transition – a time when nature embraces both summer and fall, and life unfolds in new ways for individuals and society. The music of September, by Jeffrey Hoover, is set in two related and contrasting sections: music of thoughtful reflection and music of engaging the present. The sound and music of September posses an autumnal quality spanning the psychological and emotional gap between the sound of memories and the music of now. The painting which represents this music may be read from left to right.

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September
pastel and acrylic on paper – 30″W x 24″H

Soloist, electroacoustic music, and painting
Michael Dean, clarinetist


First Portrait of Carlos

First Portrait of Carlos by Jeffrey Hoover is for soloist (trumpet/flugelhorn or soprano saxophone are recommended), electroacoustic music, and painting (all created by the composer/artist). It is a work of contrasts, representing living life within nature and living life within an urban environment. An exotic work tracing two aspects of life for Carlos, the work presents sculptural characteristics of natural sounds, synthetic textures, and contrasting styles and musical ideas form the substance of the music. The acoustical and musical aspects of the work are parallel to the visual elements of the painting.

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First Portrait of Carlos
pastel and acrylic on paper – 30″W x 24″H

soloist, electroacoustic music, and painting