Douglas Geers
Tight Tie Size Try

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Title Tight Tie Size Try
Genre: Acoustic chamber music miniature
Duration: 2.5 minutes
Score: available upon request
Audio: Available on CD "Here and Now" by Zeitgeist
Video: N/A

[empty space]This piece was written as a commission for the St. Paul, Minnesota-based new music ensemble Zeitgeist, as part of their celebration of the thirtieth anniversary of the group.  With that in mind, the title “Tight Size Tie Try” is an anagram for “Zeitgeist thirty.”  The instrumentation is Bb bass clarinet, piano, marimba, and percussion.

While I lived in Minnesota (2002-2009) I had the opportunity to hear many Zeitgeist concerts.  They are the leading new music ensemble of the Twin Cities and present a wide range of repertoire, from Luciano Berio to Pauline Oliveros.

For me, the title "Tight Tie Size Try" goes beyond the cute anagram and also conjures an image of someone struggling to do something that might not be possible. This seemed appropriate, since the members of Zeitgeist take on many challenges as musicians.  They wrestle with scores that call upon their greatest insights and abilities, and they’ve brought some spectacular music into being as a result.

A recording of Zeitgeist performing this work is available on the their CD "Here and Now" (Innova recordings, 2011.)