"P'toria + the Crust" (2015) by Aaron Trant. Written for Transient Canvas. World premiere performance recorded live on Feb. 4, 2016 on the New Gallery Concert Series in Boston, MA.

 

P'toria and the Crust is loosely based on a film currently being created by my son Leo. As with any 6 year old's creation, P'toria and the Crust is full of action and adventure. As with any 6 year old's creation, the film lacks continuity or any sense of reality. All of this may or may not be represented by the music. The piece is in three continuous movements - each describing something from the film - either made up or real.

- Aaron Trant

 

Deemed as both an “engaging” composer as well as a ”sure, adept, and nuanced” percussionist by The Boston Music Intelligencer, Aaron Trant is an active musician in the Boston area and beyond.  Cited for his “melodic, if unpitched, voice” (Spendzine), Aaron’s eclectic knowledge of classical, jazz, rock, contemporary and improvised music has made him an asset to many ensembles throughout the United States.  Aaron has received great acclaim for his original score and solo percussion performance of the Chris Marker film, La Jetée and is the cofounder, performer and composer for the After Quartet, one of the few groups dedicated to the art of live musical accompaniment of silent film. Aaron also acts as the assistant director, percussionist and composer for both the Boston based new music groups Firebird Ensemble and Primary Duo. Recent commissions and performances of his work include collaborations with visual artist Yu-Wen Wu, soprano Lisa Saffer, Firebird Ensemble, Endy Emby, Mark Gould, Prana, Primary Duo, After Quartet, the Boston Modern Orchestra project’s Club Cafe Series and the University of Massachusetts at Lowell Percussion Ensemble.  His percussion trio, Spiral, can be found on Bachovich Music Publications.  Aaron has twice received funding from the New England Foundation for the Arts/Meet the Composer, one of which to compose a new score for the Manfred Noa 1922 German silent film ‘Nathan der Weise.'  The premiere, focusing on religious tolerance, took place at the Coolidge Corner Theater on September 11, 2011 as a ten year memorial to 9/11.  Aaron’s playing can be heard on the Tzadik, Mode, New World, Red Chook, and BMOP/Sound labels.