In the remote Northeast Kingdom of Vermont is the infamous home of Bread and Puppet. Composition No. 1 was born from its people and land. After a day of workshops an ensemble was formed to perform homemade instruments including nail fiddles, bottles, stringed cigar boxes, garden hoses, air compressor, a mechanical wood box and amplified dirt. The composition, composed by Otto Muller, was brought to life by the residents of Bread and Puppet and premiered inside the magical Dirt Floor Theater. The short work is tribute to decades of renegade spirit demonstrated by Bread and Puppet, its founder Peter Schumann, and the contemporary investigation of noise in a rural context.
Composition by: Otto Muller
Performed by Rural Noise Ensemble and Bread and Puppet
Workshop conductors: Sean Clute, Justin Lander, Otto Muller, Joshua Stumpff
The work premiered at the Bread and Puppet Dirt Floor Theater in Glover Vermont on July 22, 2016.