Piano, DMX Lighting
Suite: Red was composed early in 2017 for solo piano and lighting. EnChroma, Inc. was founded in 2010 as Dr. Don McPherson noticed a special lens formula he created for laser surgery eye protection slightly altered his color vision. He set out to develop lenses that could allow colorblind individuals to see the full spectrum of color!
As a colorblind person, I was naturally intrigued when I first read about these glasses. As a composer, I was more than intrigued; because our senses are so linked to and inform one another, I was interested in the possibility of enhancing my color vision somehow deepening my perception of aural “color” as well. In the summer of 2016, this interest was made reality by an anonymous donor. Someone, somewhere, provided me with the opportunity to see the full spectrum of color, and it changed my life in more ways than I could say.
With my new understanding of what red really is, this composition is inspired by some deeply personal and very important emotional experiences and memories that have a distinctly red feeling about them.
This composition is dedicated to Anonymous for the positive impact they have had on my life.