Array Performance for Solo Soprano Saxophone
- Main contributors
Nathan Froebe; Nick May; Bryan Boyd
Array is a series of miniatures based on the Progress Pride Flag. Created in 1978 by artist Gilbert Baker at the behest of Harvey Milk, the Pride Flag has been an enduring and evolving symbol for the LGBTQ+ community. Baker created various meanings for each color of the flag as well, explaining that “I like to think of those elements as in every person, everyone shares that.” The flag originally had the colors of hot pink and turquoise, but due to manufacturing issues they were quickly dropped. In 2017, the city of Philadelphia added the brown and black stripes to stand in solidarity with members of the BIPOC community. Then, in 2018, non-binary artist Daniel Quasar redesigned it again to the current (2022) iteration, with a chevron on the left side of the flag pointing forward, representing the progress that has been made. The chevron consists of the white/light blue/ light pink of the trans/non-binary flag, as well as the black and brown stripes. Conflicting accounts arise of their descriptions of the black and white colors, and which one represented the lives lost to the HIV/AIDS epidemic, thus the executive decision was made during the composing process to have white represent it. Each miniature is not meant to be an interpretation of the literal color, but instead a personal and artistic rendering of the concept as experienced by the composer. Composer - Nathan Froebe Soprano Saxophone - Nick May Director - Bryan Boyd
0:00 I. Hot Pink - Sex 1:31 II. Red - Life 3:03 III. Orange - Healing 4:04 IV. Yellow - Sunlight 4:54 V. Green - Nature 6:30 VI. Turquoise - Magic 7:23 VII. Blue - Peace 9:14 VIII. Indigo - Harmony 10:35 IX. Violet - Spirit 11:36 X. White - HIV/AIDS Epidemic 13:23 XI. - Light Pink & Light Blue - Trans/Non-Binary 14:15 XII. Brown - Inclusivity 15:13 XIII. Black - Diversity 16:12 XIV. Rainbow - Spectrum
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