Turning the Manifestation of Physical Disability Into Beautiful Music

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Catherine Branch’s newest CD, “Music of Difference”, hopes to start conversations about disability in America, as well as increase awareness of the countless ways difference impacts and shapes our lives.  A former Thomas J. Watson Fellow, Ms. Branch (who lives with diplegic cerebral palsy) has traveled the world exploring the arts as a vehicle for positive social change.


The first composition on “Music of Difference” is Concerto No. 2 “for Catherine” by Robert J. Bradshaw, for flute, violin and piano.  This work is noteworthy in many ways but the most singular is Mr. Bradshaw’s use of rhythm.  “Catherine sent me videos of herself walking,” explains Mr. Bradshaw.  “Using computer technology, I mapped her movements, translated those movements into rhythms and then used these rhythmic motives as the foundation of the composition.”  This, in turn, creates a remarkably personal and unique view of disability as the audience can actually listen to Ms. Branch “move”.

Mr. Bradshaw's artistic vision has “reframed the physical manifestation of disability, and transformed it into something extraordinarily and inarguably beautiful.  He has created art that truly changes minds and changes lives.”  - Catherine Branch (flute soloist)

Ms. Branch has also performed the work around the world, including during the Kennedy Center’s 2010 International VSA Festival at the Shakespeare Theatre Company’s Sidney Harman Hall.

FOR MORE INFORMATION ABOUT MS. BRANCH:
http://youtu.be/mYJKH-w299c | catherine.a.branch@gmail.com

FOR MORE INFORMATION ABOUT THE CD PROJECT:
www.beauportclassical.com  |  www.musicofdifference.com

FOR MORE INFORMATION ABOUT MR. BRADSHAW:
www.robertjbradshaw.com  |  mail@robertjbradshaw.com

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