Above, Below, and In Between

Music Director Ludovic Morlot will conduct the world premiere of Above, Below, and In Between, a Seattle Symphony commission and site-specific composition by kinetic sculptor, sound artist and Music Alive Composer-in-Residence Trimpin, during [untitled] on May 1.

Through integrating architecture, time, space and harmonic spectrum, Above, Below, and In Between is a sculpture and musical composition exploring the space and time continuum for small orchestra, soprano voice, prepared piano, kinetic instruments and gesture-controlled conducting.


The kinetic instrument installation consists of a 24-reedhorn sculpture made with materials found from a pump organ, and a set of concert chimes originally owned by the composer Henry Brant, both will be installed between the nine columns of the Benaroya Hall Promenade. A prepared grand piano equipped with small robotic devices that pluck, bow, scratch or play the strings will be positioned on the floor of the Grand Lobby. 

#Mixtrument – Community Participation

Drawing on Trimpin’s philosophy of creativity and invention, #Mixtrument challenges people to make their own instruments with found objects, record a short video using the instrument and submit it to be considered for a crowdsourced community composition. The #Mixtrument composition is created by layering individual compositions in different combinations. Click here for more info. 

Trimpin with the Seattle Symphony is made possible through Music Alive, a residency program of the League of American Orchestras and New Music USA. This national program is designed to provide orchestras with resources and tools to support their presentation of new music to the public and build support for new music within their institutions. Funding for Music Alive is provided by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, The Aaron Copland Fund for Music, and The ASCAP Foundation Bart Howard Fund.

Music Alive Composer-in-Residence, Trimpin, is supported by Dorrit and Grant Saviers through the Seattle Symphony’s Guest Artists Circle. Additional support for Trimpin is provided by Susan Shanbrom Krabbe and Moe Krabbe. 

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Posted on April 13, 2015