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                                        IMPRESSIONS of an EXHIBITION

Based on Modest Mussorgsky's "Pictures at an Exhibition."

Video produced and directed by Stuart Diamond


SYRYNX by Stuart Diamond from Stuart Diamond on Vimeo.

SYRYNX was inspired by the 2015 super "blood" moon. Set to an electronic work from the 1980's.  

In classical mythology, Syrynx /ˈsɪrɪŋks/ (Greek Σύριγξ) was a nymph and a follower of Artemis, known for her chastity. Pursued by the amorous Greek god Pan, she ran to a river's edge and asked for assistance from the river nymphs. In answer, she was transformed into hollow water reeds that made a haunting sound when the god's frustrated breath blew across them. Pan cut the reeds to fashion the first set of pan pipes, which were thenceforth known as Syrynx. 



Music by Ayal Adler

Video by Stuart Diamond 

Violin Solo by Karen Bentley-Pollick

Life on Mars (2016)
Based on Dan Felsenfeld's : "Hooked to the Silver Screen" for Solo Viola
Viola - Karen Bentley Pollick; Music - Daniel Felsenfeld; Video - Stuart Diamond
Live performance at Chapel of Good Shepherd Center in Seattle, WashingtonWayward Music SeriesDecember 21, 2016 Violin, Viola & Video Virtuosity on Winter's Solstice

                                        FIVE BAGATELLES  

FIVE BAGATELLES for solo instruments, electronics and video

1. Sideways, 2. Sequences,
3. Koperian, 4. Patterns,  
5. WolfSong  

Five Bagatelles was composed for the Koper Contemporary Music Bienalle 2014. The work was premiered simultaneously in New York at The Firehouse Space and by the students of The Koper Music School in April 2014. The work is for one, two or three instruments with background music tracks. Performers improvise using written motifs as core material. This version was performed with solo piano and electronic wind synthesizer. Other parts can be added ad lib.   


Video and Music 
by Stuart Diamond
Karen Bentley Pollick - Violin
Jonathan Salzedo - Harpsichord

1. Pre Ambling, 2. Magic Mandarin, 3.Lone Some, 4. Tango Tails, 5. Summer Ice, 6. Jacks to Jumping, 7. Music for a Rainy Afternoon 

"Telling Tales" had its origins decades ago, when I was working on a series of children's' projects. The individual pieces were coalesced into a suite for flute and harpsichord. Though the details are only fragments of memory at this point, I do recall that the melodies were drawn from several sources including a record project, commercials, and if I am not mistaken a song for a lovely young, yet mysterious woman. These days I often revisit early works, reworking the material to see how they might sound if they were written more recently.  So "Telling Tales" for Violin and Harpsichord is the 2013ish take on music from the 1970s.  


"Beauty Beast" is a work in progress.  Originally premiered live by the Electric Diamond Ensemble in 1977, "Beauty Beast" was scored for Soprano (Sally Jo Anderson as Beauty), Lyricon Wind Synthesizer. The work was presented at Carnegie Recital Hall, Symphony Space and several new music venues in New York.  

This video uses an audio track recorded in 1983 or so using an Teac 8-track analog tape recorder. All parts are performed with the Lyricon wind controller, Oberheim and Arp 2600 monophonic synths, Arp sequencer and Crumar Orchestrator. Though, Sally Jo Anderson (the original Beauty) can be heard in the coda. The video (as it now stands) was created between November 2012 thru April 2013 - using Adobe Premiere and After Affects. 


SUCCUBUS - Music and Video by Stuart Diamond; Karen Bentley Pollick - Violin; Kerry Walsh - Soprano; Engineer - Kurt Kuwasaki

       1. The Cave
       2. NightWings
       3. The Kiss
       4. The Phantom Sea 
       5. Dream Lines 
       6. The Rising of a Lonely Sun 


BAROQUE FANTASY -  Music and Video by Stuart Diamond; Karen Bentley - Violin; Audio Engineer and Video Taping - Sam McGuire.

In Three Movements. The Version above is from a live performance in Seattle in November 2012 


BAROQUE FANTASY -  Music and Video by Stuart Diamond; Karen Bentley - Violin; Audio Engineer and Video Taping - Sam McGuire.

The video on the left is the music video by itself. 

(Click here to view full-screen) 

BAROQUE FANTASY by Stuart Diamond for solo violin is a three movement work that looks back at the Baroque solo violin pieces through a contemporary prism. It is played by Karen Bentley Pollick. 

The work was originally  premiered in 1974 and played by legendary violinist Max Pollikoff. The video was created in 2012.  Original Score - 1974: Video - 2012  



Music is from an improvisation by Electric Diamond. 

Stuart Diamond, Video and Lyricon Wind Synthesizer,Don Slepian, Electronic Keyboard 


OVERSPEED - Choreography by Martha Curtis; Music by Stuart Diamond 

performed by the students at Virginia Commonwealth University - Circa 1987