Volleys of Light and Shadow

for fl, 2 clns, bsn, 2 tpts, tbn, 2 perc, 2 vlns, vla, vc, bass and electronic sound

Volleys of Light and Shadow revolves around exchanges of energy between contrasting forces: the acoustic and the electronic, the seen and the unseen, the tangible and the mysterious, the tethered and the unleashed.  A kind of repetitive and slowly-evolving canon is created between gestures iterated by the ensemble and the spatialized computer sound.  While these canons often create a dialogue that evolves gradually and somewhat logically, the overarching formal design focuses on connecting improbable and unlikely endpoints.  Thus, as the piece progresses, that which stabilises gives way to movement, that which commands attention subsequently disintegrates, and that which behaves becomes wild and unwieldy.  These contradictions create a listening experience cloaked in fog, as objects which seem present are revealed to be mere shadows.

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Credits: Ensemble Orchestral Contemporain: Fabrice Jünger, flute; Hervé Cligniez & Christophe Lac, clarinets; Laurent Apruzzese, bassoon; Gilles Peseyre & Didier Martin, trumpets; Marc Gadave, trombone; Claudio Bettinelli & Roméo Monteiro, percussion; Gaël Rassaert & Céline Lagoutière, violins; Brice Duval, viola; Valérie Dulac, cello; Michaël Chanu, bass; Roland Meillier, clavier; Daniel Kawka, conductor., 2014

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Recent/Upcoming Events

6/16/2017 - Lines of Communication will be performed by Mari Kimura, Sam Wells, and Keith Kirchoff at the SPLICE Institute in Kalamazoo, MI, USA. 4/1/2017 - Am I a Particle or a Wave? performed by Nexeduet (Juanjo Llopico and Sisco Aparici) at the Festival de Música Contemporánea de Córdoba on April 1st 2017 in Spain. 3/25/2017 - Am I a Particle or a Wave? performed by Nexeduet (Juanjo Llopico and Sisco Aparici) at the Festival "Flesap" in Segorbe Spain on March 25th 2017. 3/10/2017 - Liquid Study no 2 for piano and electronic sound will be premiered by Ian Buckle at the University of Leed's International Concert Series on March 10th 2017. 6/14/2016 - Open End will be performed by Marc Moreno Albors in Valencia Spain. 3/8/2016 - Dot Matrix Dialect will be premiered by the Pixels Ensemble in the Open Circuit Festival, Liverpool, UK. 3/4/2016 - Liquid Study no. 1 performed the Gildas String Quartet in Manchester UK. 1/28/2016 - hub will be performed by the The House of Bedlam at New Music North West in Manchester UK. 6/4/2015 - open end will be performed by Hamish Upton at the Australian National Academy of Music, Melbourne. 4/1/2015 - open end will be performed by Matthew Andreini at the the University of Northern Iowa, USA. 3/13/2015 - open end will be performed by Alex Wier at the University of Denver, USA. 3/12/2015 - open end will be performed by Alex Wier at Adams State University, USA. 3/10/2015 - open end will be performed by Alex Wier at Fort Lewis College, USA. 2/4/2015 - Liquid Etude no. 1 will be premiered by the Arditti String Quartet in California. 1/18/2015 - open end will be performed by Alex Wier at Arizona State University, USA.