Saturday, June 13, 2020
Today was a lighter day at Fresh Inc Festival. Instead of starting the day with a workshop, Fresh Inc’ers had the morning off (unless they were in rehearsals), then came together later in the afternoon for the second Performer Showcase of the festival. Spencer Arias, composer participant and emcee for the afternoon, led our virtual audience through the program. The showcase began with Fresh Inc participants Vizma Zvaigzne (voice) and Nicholas Slaughter (piano), who performed “Two Unaccompanied Vocal Etudes and One Accompaniment Without Voice” by Peteris Plakidis. Additional works performed included Cilla McQueen’s “Picnic,” a piece with a beautiful graphic score played by Amalia Young (violin), Azusa Tashiro (violin), Becca Dora (oboe), and Adrienne Schoenfeld (electric bass), and “#6” by Ryan Ross Smith – a work that instructs performers to interpret an illustrated video score. “#6” was interpreted and performed by Hunter Duseau (clarinet), Sarah Jordan (flute), Remi Ha (piano), Vizma Zvaigzne (voice), Eric Aaron (horn) and Grace Hong (oboe).
After the afternoon showcase performance, Fresh Inc participants and faculty took a social break to play Jackbox Games on Zoom. As we were playing in smaller groups through Zoom breakout rooms, we used Discord to communicate and connect with each other. It was a great way to take some time off from rehearsing!