light on water
composed for: Claire Chase and Jacob Greenberg (as part of the Coalesence Cycle for ICE)score
premiere: November 7, 2013, Miller Theater, New York City
length: 17 minutes
instrumentation: flute, piano and electronics
I live near the Los Peñasquitos marsh in San Diego, and walking past it every day I have been struck by how many different ways light reflects off the surface of the water. Sometimes it mirrors dull morning grayness; at other times, when the sun is bright and the water high, it produces brilliant, sparkling flecks. These conditions can create a sense of disorienting beauty, and these feelings and images were on my mind as I developed the material for the piece.