Steph Davis

Steph Davis (they/them)

instrumentation: solo, 4.3 marimba and electronics
duration: 7 minutes 20 secs

Skyglow – noun. the brightness of the night sky in a built up area as a result of light

Before the Summer of 2019, I had never seen the Milky Way galaxy in the night sky. I spent this particular summer in rural Maine, where light pollution is drastically less than in Orlando, FL, and Boston, MA, the two other cities I had lived in before. I later learned that due to light pollution from cities, one-third of the human population is no longer able to see the Milky Way when they look up to the sky at night. This piece mourns the gradual disappearance of our beautiful painting in the night sky and provides glimpses of the stars that burn behind our blanket of light pollution.

titleEarly Bird Gets the Worm
instrumentation: solo, standard xylophone and electronics
duration: 2 minutes

Waking up to the sounds of birds chirping has always been my favorite thing about mornings. I wrote this piece to express that simple joy. Melodies in the xylophone part are taken from some of my favorite bird songs.

titleUnarmed Truth
instrumentation: solo, standard vibraphone and electronics
duration: 2 minutes

Written during the resurgence of the Black Lives Matter movement in the U.S. and across the world in 2020, I wanted to write a piece in honor of the movement. This piece includes an excerpt from Dr. Martin Luther King Jr’s Nobel Peace Prize acceptance speech. It is dedicated to the many diverse Black folks that have fought for our liberation.