Daemon: The Pride of Difference (2014)
Daemon was written for Kammerklang Ablaze in 2014, inspired by the novel 'Black Opera' by Mary Gentle and 'The Way of Kings' by Brandon Sanderson.
This piece pits the EWI (The daemon, genius, other) against the string quartet (conformity, society, self) in alternating sections titled 'Desolations' and 'Revelations'. Both affect each other, but I will leave the eventual victor up to your ears.
There is an argument for either...
Peter Smith comes from a background as a classical clarinettist, completing undergraduate (2009) and postgraduate (2012) studies at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music, where he has also been a casual lecturer in musicology for the past five years. As a freelance clarinettist, he has had numerous engagements with high profile ensembles, including the Sydney Chamber Opera, the Australian Opera and Ballet Orchestra, and Halcyon, and has performed as a soloist and chamber musician in numerous recitals at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music. Peter also currently teaches clarinet performance at the Australian Institute of Music.
In recent years, Peter has increasingly devoted himself to the EWI (Electric Wind Instrument). In addition to using it as a concert instrument (his recital as part of the Australasian Clarinet and Saxophone Conference in 2013 is almost certainly Australia's first solo classical EWI recital), Peter has built up a loyal online following producing multi-tracked covers of music from video games. He has released 4 albums of his own covers, and appeared on numerous cover album releases by Gamelark, The Materia Collective, Pixel Mixers, and Multiplayer. He was also a guest musician on 'Determination: Purple Side' by RichaadEB and Ace Waters, an album of covers from 'Undertale' which reached No. 1 in the Bandcamp charts in 2016.
His video game music covers can be found on his YouTube channel: www.youtube.com/user/Soundole
Michaela Nachtigall, also known as "Mklachu", is a classically trained violinist and violist located in the Bay Area. She received her Bachelor of Arts in Music at UC Berkeley. During her studies, she played both violin and viola with the UC Berkeley Symphony Orchestra under the leadership of Music Director David Milnes. She is also the violinist of Tetrimino, a four-piece band that covers video game music in a jazz-fusion style. Michaela has contributed her violin-playing in many remix albums such as Pokémon Reorchestrated: Kanto Symphony, Rogue Legacy: Reborn, Harmony of Heroes: Final Smash, Multiplayer (annual) charity albums, MATERIA - Final Fantasy VII Remix Album, FALLEN - Undertale Remix Album, and many more. Additionally, Michaela has been featured in OSTs of Steam games such as Damned and Fossil Echo. In her spare time, she enjoys learning new tunes on her Otamatone Deluxe along with composing music.
SungHa Hong is a South Korean cellist and contemporary singer currently attending Berklee College of Music on the Berklee World Tour Scholarship, and is studying with Eugene Friesen.
She has performed with the Singapore National Youth Orchestra (SNYO) in 2011, CODA (California Orchestra Directors Association) 2014 All-State High School Orchestra, and currently is performing with the Berklee Contemporary Symphony Orchestra. She also enjoyed performing as a vocalist in the Hongdae V-Hall in Seoul, as well as playing the lead role in her high school production of Seussical. In December, she will be performing as a cellist with the MIT (Massachusetts Institute of Technology) Festival Jazz Ensemble for Jacob Collier’s concert at the Kresge Auditorium.