Some of you read the story about T.E.D. x Tacoma on the cover of this week's City Life section, featuring quotes from Goldfinch cellist Emily Ann Peterson. In its, she talks about her upcoming T.E.D. Talk, which will center on the idea of “resonance” and shared experience, on Feb. 28 at Theatre on the Square. But during our interview she also dropped intriguing tidbits about a couple of other projects she's been working on.
For starters, there are the improv, ambient yoga compositions she's been doing at with Samdhana Karana Yoga. At 4 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 23, she'll play her monthly yoga gig at the school's new studio, located at 3014 Sixth Ave., in Tacoma. There she'll set up her cello and a sampling pedal that allows her to loop and layer her melodies as students practice their sun salutations and warrior poses.
“It's just a cocoon of cello sounds just wrapping everybody up,” she explained. “It ends up being reverse choreography. I am using the movements that I see in the class to spontaneously compose music on the fly. Say they do a sun salutation and then they reverse that pose. I will also reverse the melody that I just played in a way.”
Peterson said she's gotten great feedback for her yoga soundscapes but has resisted the idea of recording any of them. “All of the music is deleted,” she said. “You'll never hear it again. No one else will hear it. I'm not opposed to doing an album of this kind of stuff. But my product is what you just had. You just did it.
“One of the beautiful things about shared experiences – which is what I'm talking about at T.E.D.x - is it's like a handwritten signature. Even if I tried to replicate something that I've done in a previous yoga class, I won't be able to do it. It won't sound the same. That goes for cello lessons and for performances and for meals you have for people. The list goes on. Every time you share an experience with people, it will always be different. Every single time.”
Peterson's performance and Sunday's class are free, as are all of Samdhana Karana's courses through Feb. 29 in celebration of moving.
Peterson also alluded to hip-hop oriented music she's been working on since she collaborated with Tacoma hip-hop duo, Rockwell Powers & DJ Phinisey. She and Goldfinch bandmate Aaron Stevens wrote the hook for “Up to Old,” a cut that appears on Powers' and Phinisey's new CD, “Build.”
Since then, Peterson said that she, Stevens and Goldfinch drummer, Paul Hirschl, have been tossing around musical ideas with Phinisey. She described the tunes as being in an “incubation stage,” and said she was unsure if they would surface on future Goldfinch recordings, a DJ Phinisey project or something else entirely different.
“There's some neat things brewing,” Peterson said.