min is a new 40-minute piece for chamber orchestra by Seattle composer John Teske, the third in a series of works dealing with human consciousness. The theme is “intention,” specifically on where individuals and groups place their focus and how they make choices. As the piece progresses, musicians are given more freedom to choose how they relate to each other and the written material. min will be premiered by the Broken Bow Ensemble, a 26-piece group of strings and woodwinds, each with an individual part.
Seattle-based composer John Teske writes contemporary concert music for soloists, chamber groups, and chamber orchestra. Founder of the Broken Bow Ensemble and a series of “any ensemble” performances (featuring music written for flexible instrumentation), he focuses on enhancing the listener experience, utilizing extended techniques and guided improvisation to create pieces that are well-crafted while maintaining a human and organic feel. His recent work includes site-specific performances in Seattle parks and at the Seattle Center, Space Weather Listening Booth (a hybrid electroacoustic installation and acoustic performance piece in collaboration with Nat Evans), and compositions for chamber orchestra supported by a grant from the Seattle Office of Arts & Culture. He graduated from the University of Washington, where he studied with Joël-François Durand, Juan Pampin, and Josh Parmenter.