Wall of Sound/The Sound of Philadelphia (2015)

TSOP, as a song and as a musical genre born in Philadelphia, was unlike anything else anyone had heard. The sound of Philadelphia, in the tap dance sense, is, also, unlike anything else you have heard. It’s a wall of sound. It is dense, polyrhythmic, and intricately arranged. The concepts formed my early sound and still sometimes inform my sound: straight eighth notes and double time feel. I wanted to create a piece that honored my early immersion in street hoofin but was decidedly my voice. The first iteration of this piece was accompanied by Murmuration, an experimental improv string trio. Every version after that was a cappella.