<fidget> is an interdisciplinary, experimental performing arts company and space in Kensington, Philadelphia, run by WSP parents Megan Bridge (dancer/choreographer) and Peter Price (composer/video artist/musicologist).  This year Peter received a Community Partners grant from the Philadelphia chapter of the American Composer’s Forum to work with students at the Waldorf School of Philadelphia.

Since September 2013 Peter has visited to record the students playing their instruments and singing during choir and orchestra classes. He is creating an electronic music score out of these collected sound samples from the students, and will return to their classrooms to speak to them about how he works with technology to manipulate and create with their sounds. He is also writing a piece of music that the choir will learn. The choral part will overlap with the electronic sound samples to create a fabric of music entirely constructed of sounds from students at our school. The new work will premiere at the Waldorf School of Philadelphia’s spring concert on May 30th 2014.

Here some thoughts from the composer:

I have recorded The Waldorf School of Philadelphia choral and string groups several times now thanks to the generosity of WSP music teachers Amanda Rogers-Petro and Jennifer Cole. Back in my studio I work with these recordings to edit together musical sequences and digital instruments that will form the basis of a sonic accompaniment for the beautiful voices of the students in a new composition to be premiered at the spring concert at the end of May. As I develop material I will revisit the students and share my process and progress with them.

As a Waldorf parent and musician, one of the things I appreciate the most about my children’s educational experience is the amount of joyful singing in their lives. With the emphasis on song in the early years, by the time Waldorf students are singing in one of Mrs. Rogers-Petros’ choral groups they already have strong ears and confident and controlled voices. Its exciting to be able to work with a such an unusual talented group of young singers.

At first it may seem like a strange match for a digital media artist to collaborate with a school that has a healthy skepticism about the role of technology in education, but it is my belief that experimental digital art making is a critical arena for exploring different ways of relating to technology in today’s over-mediated world. It is my hope that in sharing my working process with the students I will be able to reinforce both the joy of music making and a critical and creative engagement with technology.

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Peter Price and Megan Bridge.

 

 

 

 

For more information on this collaboration between parents and school staff, please contact office@phillywaldorf.com