Martin premiered a new work, “A Gershwin Mosaic,” in a Rutgers–Newark concert celebrating the 30th anniversary of the Paul Robeson Galleries.
Gershwin, aside from being a celebrated songwriter, was also an amateur painter, and Martin considers his new musical work “my portrait of Gershwin’s self-portrait.”
“All the main thematic ideas and tunes in the piece are derived from fragments of Gershwin tunes,” he says. “It’s taking my enjoyment of popular music and jazz-related popular music and putting it into a concert format with a string quartet and a flute.”
Hear Martin discuss the making of “A Gershwin Mosaic” in this YouTube video.