LARGE CHAMBER ENSEMBLE - Three Rivers (2001)
Fl (pic), 2 cl(Eb, bcl), bsn, tpt, trtbn, perc, drum kit, keyboard, vln, vlc, db
Commissioned by WNYC radio for Kitchen House Blend.
Three Rivers (2001) was inspired by a trip to Pittsburgh, during which I spent several hours staring, mesmerized, at the tumultuous and strikingly beautiful meeting point of the Allegheny, Monongahela, and Ohio rivers. During the course of the piece, three rhythmic currents - a thick soup of lugubrious funk, a series of undulating mid-tempo phrases, and frenetically bubbling passages at maniacal speed - mix and collide, at times flowing separately, at other moments concurrently. Two guided improvisations of indeterminate length are framed by the three larger sections of the work. Three Rivers was commissioned by WNYC radio and premiered by House BLend at the Kitchen, conducted by the composer.