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Strange Humors:
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Strange Humors:
       string version

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Strange Humors (2008)

Audio & Score

for sax quartet and djembe
duration: 5'

Click to buy : Full set: $90.

versions also available for concert band, clarinet quartet, and string quartet

Premiered April 2008 by the H2 Quartet, with Jon Weber, djembe. Wharton Center, Michigan State University.

I originally wrote this piece for a Juilliard dance student as part of a workshop class. Choreographer Robert Battle soon got hold of it and gave it a whole new spin. Stylistically, this "sultry" piece (according to the New York Times) attempts to merge pseudo-African hand drumming and pseudo-middle eastern folk music.

Originally for string quartet and djembe, and later transcribed for concert band, this version, created by the composer in 2008, is for sax quartet and djembe, arranged at the request of the H2 Quartet.

Video of Strange Humors
Music by John Mackey
Choreography by Robert Battle - choreography copyright © 1998, Robert Battle
Dancers: Samuel Roberts and George Smallwood
Performed at the Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival