Hickory

instrumentation :  guitar + percussion

2010
duration :  6’30”
commissioned by Gregory König and Melody Mae Loveless


        The title of this piece refers to a large grove of hickory I recently saw in Westchester County, NY. The trees grew directly upward, with almost no far-reaching branches. Their individuality viewing them up close was not diminished by looking at the grove from a distance.  Instead, the sense of a roughly homogenous grove full of beautifully unique trees was a feeling I do not often experience. I was strongly affected by their verticality and their silence, and by their gentle swaying motion. I want this music to contain something of the same feeling.