| midwest melancholic
an album of new works by Matthew Kennedy and Homegrown New Music Ensemble
Selections from Miniatures for One (2020)
From March 16th through August 28th 2020, I gave myself sixty minutes to write and engrave one 20-40 second miniature for solo performer each day, later moving to two per day. The works are loosely based around the performer’s favorite dessert, drink, animal, or color, with that influence ranging from tangential reference to the central elements of the work’s form and text. The self-imposed time and duration restrictions necessitated putting aside my eccentricities and fixations, letting go of the things I cannot immediately resolve or control, and asking myself to create within an imperfect environment. All four volumes of Miniatures for One are published by Just A Theory Press.
100% of the proceeds from sales of the scores - both digital and physical - will be going to the following charities:
Book 1: New Music USA's New Music Solidarity Fund, an artist-led initiative that aims to grant emergency funding to musicians impacted by COVID-19.
Book 2: The Loveland Foundation’s Therapy Fund, a charity which “provides financial assistance to Black women and girls nationally seeking therapy.”
Book 3: The Trevor Project, a national, 24-hour, toll free confidential suicide prevention service for LGBTQ youth.
Book 4: The Matthew Shepard Foundation, a charity that empowers individuals to embrace human dignity and diversity through outreach, advocacy and resource programs.