deep in liquid indigo (2012)

for flute, clarinet, percussion, harp, piano, violin, viola, and cello

9 min

I decided on the title of this work after I had completed the music, as I tend to do, and this one in particular comes from the first line of an early poem by Sylvia Plath called Aquatic Nocturne. Much of Plath's poetry is dark and psychologically intense, but what attracted me to this early poem was its rich atmosphere, vivid imagery, and strong sense of flow. In this work and several of my others, I approach form in a very fluid and malleable way. The attack of a chord or isolated note can initiate a ripple, and the shape of single gesture can act as a source, generating streams and tributaries of different energies. The transformation of these musical gestures and textures throughout the piece imparts a quality of ebbing and flowing tension reminiscent of ocean tides. While it was not my intent to reflect on Plath's poem in a programmatic sense, both my piece and her poem share common thematic imagery. deep in liquid indigo was premiered at the 2012 June in Buffalo summer music festival in Buffalo, NY by the German new music group Ensemble Interface.

Performances

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April 19, 2015

Gateway Chamber Ensemble

Gregory Wolynec, conductor

Austin Peay State University

MMC Concert Hall

Clarksville, TN

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April 20, 2015

Gateway Chamber Ensemble

Gregory Wolynec, conductor

Downtown Presbyterian Church

Nashville, TN

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November 4, 2013

TEMPO New Music Ensemble

Notes from New England

Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center

College Park, MD

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March 29, 2013

Ossia New Music Ensemble

Jerry Hou, conductor

Ossia New Music Concert

Kilbourn Hall

Rochester, NY

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June 7, 2012

Ensemble Interface

Scott Voyles, conductor

June in Buffalo

Lippes Concert Hall

Buffalo, NY