About Stephen Scott
Not your typical bowed piano composer. Granted, there's nothing typical about the bowed piano, but who imagined this riviting, beautiful work could come from such an instrument? Stephen Scott and a small group of musicians stand around the guts of a grand piano like ravenous surgeons diving eagerly into a severely wounded patient. But no scalpels here. Popsicle sticks strung with horsehair are the tools of their trade. That's right, popsicle sticks. Stop laughing, the gorgeous sounds and melodies that emanate from the belly of this beast approximate a chamber work for strings that could have been penned by Philip Glass. Scott conjures mesmerizing drones like an endless, intoxicating plume of smoke drifting ever upward. His musicians pluck and hammer using whole note scales that lend the proceedings a far eastern feel. Prepare to be impressed and enchanted.