ICE ON SAND (2017) - for chromatic santoor and pedal steel guitar

Premiere: Historieforetelling - New Music by Ben Morris - April 25th, 2018 - Norges Musikkhøgskole, Oslo, Norway

 

Duration:  ca. 6 min

 

Program Note:

 

Ice on Sand is an experiment combining two unusual instruments in an unusual environment. Both instruments slip in and out of their typical roles in a bed of shifting sound. The chromatic santoor is rare instrument, as it is typically found in a diatonic modal system, and the pedal steel guitar rarely breaks from its role in country or rock music. This piece challenges those frameworks through a woven tapestry of improvisation.