Composer’s Notebook: “Genshi” gets thumbs up in review

27 Jun 2011 – Atlanta, GA:

Pierre Ruhe gave the official premiere of my “Genshi” a thumbs up in his ArtsATL review of the Sonic Palooza marathon held on June 25 at the Woodruff Arts Center. Here’s what he wrote earlier today about it:

Native Atlantan Mark Gresham, a composer and music journalist, wrote “Genshi” several years ago as a wedding present for violinist Helen Hwaya Kim and clarinetist Ted Gurch. The music is infused with a melancholy Eastern European spirit, almost a Jewish lament, with echoes of Stravinsky’s neo-classicism. Gentle and equitable — each instrument plays to its strengths — “Genshi” held the room rapt.

Immense credit goes to violinist Helen Hwaya Kim and clarinetist Ted Gurch for their stunningly beautiful performance.