Just prior to his senior year at the Wheaton College Conservatory of Music, American composition student and singer Stephen Tanksley inquired about setting some of the poems from matt’s first collection, A Ruckus of Awkward Stacking (Insomniac Press, 2000), to original music and recording them.
In particular, Stephen wanted to explore the 5-part “notes toward a garden glossary” suite.
The end result of Stephen’s compositional and voice work is a set of five pieces for baritone and piano. They were initially performed performed as a part of Tanksley’s senior recital at Wheaton College on March 31, 2010.
You can check out a YouTube clip of Stephen performing the third part of the sequence,“notes toward a garden glossary: iii – stipling”, HERE:
(FYI: Stephen Tanksley is currently studying Vocal Performance and working as a Research Assistant at The University of Minnesota, Duluth. Keep an ear open for more from him!)