Ann Arborite Jim Nissen
As the dark, dramatic sounds of woodwinds, brass, and percussion build, Nissen sways back and forth and again pulls out his imaginary baton. The piece, which he says will eventually be a twenty-minute concert work, already has the sound of an epic movie soundtrack. But Nissen adds that it still needs a lot of work. "Why be mediocre?" he asks. "There's enough of that around."
[Originally published in January, 2013.]