a 2010 composition, “Two Desert Dances,” a jazz and string ensemble piece featuring live performance with 60-year-old recordings of Native American dance from the John Donald Robb Archive of Southwestern Music.
“These two dances are inspired by field recordings of New Mexican Native Americans,” Hehmsoth said. “Arroyo Storm is derived from a Taos Jemez Indian dance. The source material for Blue Moon Mist is a four-note melody played on a pito, a Native American flute, similar to an ocarina. Both were recorded in the 1950s.”
FreedomSTOMP - my composition was written specifically for the Common Experience theme for 2011-2012: “Freedoms: The First Amendment.” The First Amendment protects the basic freedoms of religion, expression (speech), press, assembly and petition.
Performed by H Project, with ten members, Keith Winking, Martin McCain, Kyle Johnson, Russel Haight, Mark Cruz, Hank Hehmsoth, Glen Rexache, Steve Summer, Rene Gonzales and Robert Lopez.
This work was funded in part by the Composer Assistance Program of New Music USA, and is funded and supported in part by the City of Austin through the Cultural Arts Division.