"Pivotal" – Martha's Vineyard Times
"Invitingly open in its configuration" - Sound Expanse
"...a lovely repository of a varied but collective meditation" - Sequenza 21
Dean Rosenthal's Stones/Water/Time/Breath is experimental music in which a participant or participants choose any body of water and perform a set of actions designed to create a musical performance. It was born from an impromptu performance by the composer in May 2012 on Martha's Vineyard that was later written down as a set of performance steps that can be performed by everyone. Edition Wandelweiser has recently released a recording of several live performances. Click here to listen
Since 2012, Stones/Water/Time/Breath has been given over 40 performances in a wide variety of locales internationally, taught in universities, been the subject of a multimedia installation in Wroclaw, Poland, and published with video performances and commentary in online publications in France and Canada. Stones/Water/Time/Breath was a subject of two article publications that have received wide international recognition and has been discussed in international keynotes. The text has been translated into four languages, French, Spanish, German and Polish, and the composer has given numerous public talks about the piece.
In 2015, a "pocket card" that is about the size of a postcard that participants can take with them to their performances, supported in part by a grant from the Martha's Vineyard Cultural Council, a local agency which is supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency.
On June 21st, 2016, participants in 11 cities and towns in 3 countries performed Stones/Water/Time/Breath as part of the international Make Music Day celebration. These performances inaugurated an annual event given across the United States and internationally, currently in the fifth year.
Thank you for exploring the piece, please download your score and let us know about your performance by registering at: firstname.lastname@example.org.