Brandon J. Rolle:
for string quartet and electronics
in Los Angeles, California in October 2022.
In-Place explores the intense duality of technology-mediated human interactions. During the early stages of the COVID-19 pandemic, electronic devices became the primary interface for engaging with one another safely–on the one hand, importing loved ones across unimaginable distances into our breakfast nook; on the other, amplifying our sense of isolation through glitchy screens and unstable connections. In this piece, technology oscillates chaotically between these roles as bridge and barrier between us: individual parts are performed separately but are fundamentally intertwined through a shifting set of connections, revealing an intimate fragility both beautiful and haunting.
– Brandon J. Rolle