COMPEL Omeka Dev

a sense of who



a sense of who


Recorded by the Bang on a Can festival at MassMoCa on July 27, 2015. Instrumentation is for fixed media, clarinet, electric guitar, cello, bass, piano, and drums. The fixed media track features Evan Chambers, folk singer.

(c) Annika K. Socolofsky 2015. ASCAP. All rights reserved.

About the piece:

“I find that people who come from small places have a very
strong sense of who they are.” – Nic Gareiss

I have never come from a small place. I’ve spent my life jumping around from Edinburgh, to Chicago, to Pittsburgh—city after city after city. But in 2012, for the first time in my life, I moved to a smaller place. In Ann Arbor, Michigan my fiddle and I were swallowed, heads-first, into the traditional Irish music scene. Showing up to familiar faces and tunes and conversation at Conor O’Neill’s on Main St. every Sunday night provided a sense of community I’d never before experienced.

Over the last few years, there’s been this microscopic point inside of me that has started to grow. That point is that sense of belonging, that sense of friendship, that sense of love, that sense of community, that sense of grounding, that inkling of a sense of who… It’s been growing. And that is everything.




2-channel fixed media, clarinet, cello, contrabass, electric guitar, piano, and percussion




Annika Socolofsky, “a sense of who,” COMPEL Omeka Dev, accessed April 18, 2024,


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