for fifteen players: bass clarinet, contrabass clarinet, tenor sax, baritone sax, four trumpets, three percussion, synthesizer, three amplified cellos
duration: 15 minutes

Commissioned / premiered by:

the Opus Zero Band & Steven Dennis Bodner, director
premiered on May 6, 2009 at Chapin Hall, Williamstown, MA

About the work:

when I lived in permanence is a sort of sonic landscape, an attempt to create an acoustical space with broad proportions from limited material.

In some way, the piece proceeds as if it never considers change, obstinately clinging to a small number of pitches even as it becomes unbearably restless and descends into an overwhelmingly anxious place. In the end, I think that the landscape the piece is trying to create is really a psychological one, a place where anxiety and fear spiral out of control and a person is trapped by their own inability to change.