Jonah Udall

Composer · Director · Guitarist

New music for Quartet

While in New York in September, on the top of my to-do list was a visit to MOMA. That wound up being an entire day, 8 hours in the museum, 5 of which I spent in the 1880-1950 permanent collection on the fifth floor. Call me a painting fanatic convert. I was deeply fascinated by how the striking aesthetic techniques of these works could be translated to music, not so much to try to recreate the same mood but to actually do the same thing. These ideas finally took form in a new book of music for a band I call the New Eyes Quartet. Here's a piece based on Man Ray's epinomous painting, an exploration of negative space in movement: