for two flutes, two percussion, piano, violin, viola
duration: 5 minutes

Commissioned / premiered by:

the Iota Ensemble
premiered on January 7, 2012 at I/O Fest 2012 at the '62 Center for Theatre and Dance, Williamstown, MA

About the work:

east is an arrangement of a movement from a work originally written for organ and percussion. That piece used topographical maps of the four possible routes to my childhood home to create structure: the distance of each route became the length of each movement, and when the routes crossed a contour line, I placed a chord. In that way, the structure of the piece was determined solely by the geography of the land. The percussion played sheets of paper, swelling in volume that matched a recording of wind sounds I made on these routes.

In this arrangement written for the Iota Ensemble, the piano plays the chords determined by contour lines, while the six other players pulse on a single high “f” in slightly different durations. It is possible to think of this texture as related to the sounds of wind, but I hear it as sharing the sense of time and aural austerity of a solitary walk, a kind of self-reflective, almost meditative experience.