Apenas seja

  • Alexis C. Lamb (b.1993)
  • Sextet
  • 2015

“Apenas seja” (Portuguese, “Just Be”) is a celebration of the past five semesters of composing for the Afro- Brazilian berimbau with Dr. Gregory Beyer. This sextet was written at a time when I was dealing with issues of self-confidence and the struggle to define my artistic voice. Writing this work helped me through that time; the process became a mental refuge that I could resort to for inner peace. One of the most inspiring mentors in my life once told me that I should just be, and when I allow that to happen everything will fall into place. This piece is dedicated to that philosophy. This composition explores various ostinati that pass through the ensemble, additive processes, and layered textures over seemingly simple and familiar harmonic progressions. Apenas seja is also inspired by the music of Imogen Heap, the XX, and Emmy Rossum. It is written for Projeto Arcomusical and the MeiaMeia song cycle. – Alexis C. Lamb

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