Michael Genese


MICHAEL GENESE, tenor, violinist, composer, and educator, wants music with conscience, presence, and competence. His own music picks apart the faults and celebrates the joys of human interaction. By night, his work has premiered throughout the New England area, most recently by the Providence-based ensemble Verdant Vibes. By day, he teaches elementary general music and chorus in the New Bedford Public School system, along with violin and piano lessons on the New England South Coast. Genese sings as an active Choral Scholar at the historic Trinity Church, Newport, as well as founding member and head of communications for the internationally acclaimed Social Justice choir, VOICES 21C. His undergraduate degree is from the University of Rhode Island in Music Education and Vocal Performance. Michael will soon start his master’s degree in composition, and takes great enjoyment fostering connections with others through his many artistic perspectives, as often and presently as possible. http://www.michaelgenese.com http://www.soundcloud.com/michaelgenese http://www.voices21c.org

Compositions

3 Miniatures for Violin and Narration
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This short piece for violin and narration was written in panic, and traces a traumatic life event backwards in hopes of finding clarity. In turn this piece can comment on the all-too-human act of always looking back, creating a new and regressive “forwards.” The narrator is free to express but is often modest. The violin functions as a catharsis, intentionally juxtaposed with a reserved presentation of text in order to acknowledge the mental tension and discord.
Words the Internet Never Taught Me to Pronounce: III. Arugula
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Around 2015-2018, it became evident there were many words I didn’t know how to actually pronounce. I ended up saying these words one by one in front of one of my closest friends, and she promptly and hilariously called me out on them as they came. Like many growing up at the turn of the 21st Century, I didn’t have as much practice talking to other people on a daily basis. Sites like Tumblr, Blogspot, and Yahoo Answers were the corners of the earth where I interacted with others. Being almost brought-up by the internet, these words Nicolette had the courage to address later on must have gotten swept under the rug, with me only having to read them, rather than say them out loud. Also during high school, and through a line of digital connections, I had made some friends in the Hudson Valley area of upstate New York, with the help of mutual friends in my hometown. These people would not be in my life if it were not for the internet, and contrary to the words I wasn’t able to pronounce in my adult life, the experiences I had in the Hudson Valley helped realize the breadth of potential I could possess as a human. Words the Internet Never Taught Me to Pronounce playfully puts these two opposite things side by side: a deficiency, and a development. Each movement is named after one of those words, and a location in the Hudson Valley area. Words explores the way humans messily develop, and how beautifully unlinear that process is. Also Words can show how something spectacular and developmental for one person may be very difficult or detrimental for someone else- nothing comes with only one adjective. The time I spent in Stoneridge, Kingston, High Falls, and New Paltz during my high school and college years provided me with the seeds of those creative, kind, and humanistic qualities every person on Earth and on the web should be so lucky to inherit, regardless of what language they speak, or...how well they are able to speak it. I. Yosemite II. Patrón III. Arugula IV. Betelgeuse V. Feral