188.8.131.52 | 184.108.40.206 | 1perc* | 220.127.116.11.1
marimba, bass drum
Written for the Seasons Festival Orchestra.
Premiered October 21, 2013, by the Seasons Festival Orchestra.
Wafting Mists draws much of its inspiration from a recent stay in the Catskills. I had the good fortune to spend many a morning watching fog lift off the mountainside. It would fill the meadows with languid swirls percolating upward. This same imagery is captured in the piece with meandering pitches that rise and fall over a bed of ever-changing timbre.
In 2013 the piece was reduced to this thirteen player, chamber orchestration for performance by the Hartford Independent Chamber Orchestra. While the reduction has thinned out certain textures, it moves just as nimbly through a shifting bed of changing colors.
Many thanks to the Woodstock Byrdcliffe Guild for providing the time and space to write this work, in addition to providing much needed inspiration. Thanks as well to the many performer friends who helped clarify this gestural language.