This afternoon, I put the finishing touches on a brand new piece: a concerto for clarinet and chamber orchestra titled light...pale and angered. The music is a commission from my friend and phenomenal graduate wind conducting colleague at the University of Washington: Chris Mathakul. The performance will feature another graduate student at the UW in clarinet performance: Caitlin Beare.
This music is a meditation on the state of our society. We all have an inbred desire to live life, to have experiences and to enjoy the stunning world around us. Today the light of life is stifled, caged by the onslaught of screens and cultural pressures to stay busy. This busy-ness saps our light within until it is left pale...and angered. The music reflects this journey as it is to us: beginning pure and innocent, moving through a frantic agitation eventually petering out into nothing.
The premier will occur on February 29th at 4:30pm in the Brechemin Auditorium at the University of Washington, featuring Chris Mathakul conducting and Caitlin Beare on clarinet.