Promethea for alto saxophone and digital audio/video (2009)
video by Barry Anderson










Performed by Alex Sellers

Program Notes

            Promethea is a collaborative project between Christopher Biggs, who created the music and electronics, and Barry Anderson, who created the video.  The initial impetus for the work was Allan Moore’s graphic novel Promethea.  Moore’s novel combines somewhat typical comic book superhero actions with abstract conversations about and adventurers through a fantastical posthumous world.  This mix of recognizable, popular action and abstract philosophical meandering are musically and visually represented in the work. The action correlates to the popular iconography, the memorable musical gestures, and the distinct drum and bass percussion.  The   expansive, sustained, and textural sections of music and video relate to the abstract, conceptual conversations.  This results in a dialectic over which the live saxophonist journeys. 


The entire score and all performance/rehearsal materials are available for download.
Please let me know if you have any questions or if you are interested in performing this work.