Mission Creep (2001), Keith Carpenter

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Mission Creep (2001), Keith Carpenter
Year of Composition: 2001     Composed for the ASQ

Composer Biography

Carpenter, Keith, has had works performed throughout North America, South America, and Europe. He has received awards and grants from the American Music Center, The American Composers Forum, Northwestern University, The Wyatt Fund, the University of Cincinnati, and The Union League Civic and Arts Club of Chicago. He is currently working on new pieces for performers based in Essen, Germany; Milwaukee; and Buffalo, as well as a collaborative multi media work with sculptor Trenton Baylor.

Dr. Carpenter started and ran the Chicago Chapter of the American Composers Forum from 1996 to 1999. While running the chapter, he produced dozens of new music events and concerts and helped launch a jazz composer residency with the Jazz Institute of Chicago. Through the Milwaukee based new music group, Present Music, he teaches composition in their Create Project. He also teaches composition at Carthage College. Additionally, he was a researcher for the International Dictionary of Black Composers, and is popular music critic for Milwaukee magazine.

Dr. Carpenter earned his B.M. in composition from Rice University, his M.M. from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, and his D.M. from Northwestern University. Additionally, he studied at the American Conservatory at Fontainebleau where he worked with Tristan Murail and at the Atlantic Center for the Arts where he worked with Louis Andriessen.

Composition Notes

Mission Creep started as a solo violin piece in 1993. More urgent projects came along and bumped that project off the list-of-pieces-to-write for a few years. In 1996 it resurfaced as a saxophone quartet, but that project also was called off.

Luckily, about two years ago Susan Fancher and I were talking and we both decided that writing a piece for the ASQ would be a hoot, so I re-opened that ill fated project from many years ago, but this time I finished it. The original ideas were fused with new ideas that were inspired by one of the great composers of the past 40 years, James Brown. The result is a piece very far from the original intentions of 1993, but based on fundamentally quite similar ideas. (Keith Carpenter)