Isaac is one three winning composers of Zeitgeist's 23rd annual Eric Stokes Song Contest. Named in memory of late composer Eric Stokes, the contest is designed to encourage and celebrate amateur composers throughout the Twin Cities. Isaac's winning composition, On the Nature of Self, will be performed by Zeitgeist at their annual Playing it Close to Home concert Feb. 23-24 at Studio Z.
On the Nature of Self is a piece that explores two contrasting (and competing) aspects to one's personality. There is the side of ourselves that we are the happiest with, the way that we wish to be seen by others, and the way we wish to see ourselves. This is represented by the Christian hymn All Creatures of Our God and King, which shares melodic similarities with the other major quotation--the Dies Irae, which also has Christian roots, but with very different connotations.
Playing it Close to Home
Studio Z: 275 East Fourth Street, Suite 200, St. Paul
$15 / $10 students & seniors
With winning songs from the Eric Stokes Song Contest plus music by local composer Davu Seru, Zeitgeist's annual Playing it Close to Home concert celebrates the wealth of musical creativity found right here in our own backyard. The program includes music by Eric Stokes Song Contest winners Isaac Mayhew, Tetsuya Takeno, and students from Folwell School, plus the world premiere of Davu Seru’s new work Dead King Mother, which tells the story of a near-forgotten event in North Minneapolis and United States civil rights history that has been with Seru since early childhood.