Loess

instrumentation :  alto saxophone + piano

2015
duration :  11'
commissioned by Philipp Stäudlin
premiere :  February 8th, 2015, by Philipp Stäudlin and Yoko Hagino

        I frequently take inspiration from the natural world, and particularly humans' relationships to nature. Nature confronts us with its power to resist concepts of beauty; I am not interested in the cultivation of nature, but in its pulling away from human apprehension. Loess is a type of windborne sediment that leaves unusual, porous deposits where it accumulates. The music in this piece drifts and clusters, floats and becomes heavy.

Loess — SCORE.pdf

Philipp Stäudlin and Yoko Hagino, live performance, April 24 at Boston Conservatory