Collaboraxiom (2000)
trumpet and vibraphone

Collaboraxiom was composed for a concert series entitled "Im Dialog mit Bach" commemorating the 250 th Anniversary of Johann Sebastian Bach's death.   Collaboraxiom can be thought of as a dialogue with Bach insofar as it employs certain ideas about melodic rhythm developed in response to the study of Bach's music. The analogy with actual dialogue ends there, however, seeing as how Bach hasn't been given an opportunity to respond. The piece was first performed in Edenkoben, Germany, in November 2000 by my dear friends Steve Altoft (trumpet) and Lee Forrest Ferguson (vibraphone).

Philipp Blume is a composer of experimental chamber music whose works have been featured in cities throughout the world, including London, Paris, Berlin, San Francisco, Freiburg, Stuttgart, Darmstadt, and the Banff Centre for the Arts. He was a student of Professor Mathias Spahlinger in Freiburg until 1999, and recently completed his doctoral studies under Professor Cindy Cox at the University of California, Berkeley, where he was also recognized for outstanding work as an instructor. In 1999 Philipp was a participant at the Voix Nouvelles Festival in Royaumont, France, and in 2003 he took part in the first Summer Workshop for Young Composers hosted by Schloss Solitude in Stuttgart. Philipp spent the first five months of 2000 at the Herrenhaus Edenkoben on a composition stipend under the mentorship of Peter Eötvös. Most recently, Philipp's quartet "ex cusa" was premiered at the Akademie der Künste in Berlin, where he received the 2005 Ferruccio Busoni promotional prize in Composition. He is currently at work on an ambitious cycle of pieces entitled Rausch des Vergessens, inspired in part by the philosophy of Nicolaus Cusanus, the writings of Gertrude Stein, and the musical speculations of Mathias Spahlinger. The cycle will be comprised of eight pieces of varying instrumentation, and eight epilogues for solo piano.

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