Photographer Danny Nicoletta was a dear friend of Harvey Milk through the 1960s and 70s. His work captured many aspects of gay and lesbian culture in that era, from the wold and exhilarating world of drag to the more subtle and progressive struggles facing San Francisco and the gay community at that time.
The Hospital Zone draws inspiration from a 1997 photograph from depicting a man/dark figure walking down a stark white hospital hallway holding a large teddy bear. My initial attraction to this image came from the vagueness of why the man was in this corridor. Was he going to celebrate a birth? Walking away from a deathbed? Mindlessly wandering in a numb state? The lack of clarity led to the creation of a very spacious sound world, with nuances of hope and enlightenment mixed with the fear and loneliness of losing a loved one. His purpose in the hallway may be unknown, but the emptiness in these expansive hallways is stark and inescapable.
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The Hospital Zone (2014)
for chamber orchestra
Based on the photograph by Danny Nicoletta
1, 1, 1, 1 - 1, 0, 0, 0, harp, piano, strings (1-1-1-1-1)
Duration: ca. 15'
TBC Concert Series ::: January 2014 ::: Boston, MA