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Missa Materialis (2010)

percussion quartet or trio, 16′

  • commissioned by line upon line and Owen Weaver

    The initial idea for Missa Materialis was inspired by a visit to the Cathedral of Junk in Austin, Texas.  The site is built upon an array of old junk yard items welded together by artist Vince Hannemann to form a series of towering, pyramid-shaped sculptures.  Considering the ritualistic cycle of western society’s economic materialism, I set out to create a soundtrack for this life-sized installation.  Borrowing from the Cathedral of Junk’s religious imagery, Missa Materialis mirrors the form of a liturgical Mass (“Missa” in latin), and includes references to specific musical fragments and texts.  The work’s core instrumentation features ‘found’ objects inspired by common consumer products such as a garbage can, boombox radio, saw, plastic water bottles, and shopping bags.  As the piece progresses, our throw-away product culture is subjugated to the inevitability of environmental destruction.

  • 04/07/10 | Ian Dicke in Austin, Texas | Clutch Concert Series, University of Texas at Austin
    Owen Weaver and Line Upon Line, percussion
    05/01/10 | Ian Dicke in Austin, Texas | Art Building, University of Texas at Austin
    Owen Weaver and Line Upon Line, percussion
    05/16/10 | Ian Dicke in Austin, Texas | Salvage Vanguard Theater
    Joanna Martin, flute, Owen Weaver and Line Upon Line, percussion
    03/13/11 | Ian Dicke in Conway, Arkansas | University of Central Arkansas
    Line Upon Line
    04/09/11 | Ian Dicke in Austin, Texas | Fast Forward Austin
    Line Upon Line
    04/21/11 | Ian Dicke in Austin, Texas | Westlake Performing Arts Center
    Line Upon Line
    10/02/12 | Ian Dicke in Pembroke, North Carolina | University of North Carolina-Pembroke
    Line Upon Line, percussion
    10/03/12 | Ian Dicke in Columbia, South Carolina | University of South Carolina
    Line Upon Line, percussion
    10/04/12 | Ian Dicke in Rock Hill, South Carolina | Winthrop University
    Line Upon Line, percussion
    10/05/12 | Ian Dicke in Charlotte, North Carolina | McColl Center for Visual Art
    Line Upon Line, percussion
    10/26/12 | Ian Dicke in Brooklyn, New York | Mata Interval
    Owen Weaver and Tigue, percussion
    11/02/12 | Ian Dicke in Austin, Texas | Pasic
    Line Upon Line, percussion
    11/17/12 | Ian Dicke in Austin, Texas | Austin Beerworks
    Line Upon Line, percussion
    11/06/13 | Ian Dicke in Riverside, California | The Culver Center
    line upon line
  • Video coming soon!