GLASSBOTTOM (2014) - for oboe, violin, bs. clarinet, contrabass, piano

Premiere: New Music on the Point Festival, with members of the American Modern Ensemble, Middlebury Town Hall Theater, Middlebury, VT, June 14th, 2014,

 

Duration:  ca. 8'12"

 

Program Note:

 

I composed this work for the New Music on the Point Festival, slightly after a trip to John Pennekamp State Park in the Florida Keys. At Pennekamp, there are glass-bottom boat toars out to the coral reef just off the shore of the island, allowing everyone on board to see the bustling activity of all of the sea creatures and plant life on the reef, which includes seagrass, fish, eels, rays, turtles, jellyfish, and the occasional shark. This work features the clarifying and magnifying nature of the glass, when a high staggered piano figure, with seasick, uneven rhythms, breaks through a foggy and murky intro, revealing a bed of detailed musical figures brewing underneath, like the details seen when the glass bottom cuts through the watery murk and reveals all of the sea creatures and plant life swimming, floating, and swaying underneath. You never know what might flash or lurk by in a surprising instant.