UNC Department of Music and Carolina Performing Arts co-host Compose Carolina, a weekly livestream concert series highlighting UNC student and alumni musicians’ original compositions, with conversations led by UNC Department of Music faculty members.
Each week, we’ll welcome a new Carolina composer, including alumni Eliana Fishbeyn, Noah Balamucki, and Christian Cail and students David Green, Alex McKeveny, and James Larkins, who will explore the theme “Looking Forward”—from the literal to the metaphorical—through an original musical piece and performance. They’ll be joined in conversation by UNC Department of Music professors Allen Anderson, Stephen Anderson, and Lee Weisert.
This week, alumnus Noah Balamucki and co-writer Fadi Khoury premiere their composition Fall and Take Flight in honor of the sci-fi futures they hold dear. Balamucki says, “Fadi’s gritty guitar-and-synthscape mode of writing expresses itself in the piece’s first half: a dystopian landscape not dissimilar to the ravaged Manhattan of the film Escape from New York (any likeness to the composers’ actual escape from Manhattan in mid-March is purely coincidental). The second half is an ode to the music of Star Trek; particularly Jerry Goldsmith’s scores for the franchise, which are sacred to me.”