Discussing my 2005 monodrama for actor, cello, and piano, "The Sunset Maker", on the poem by Donald Justice, at 2013 Music With a View festival, the Flea Theater, NYC; responding to the question: "How much does the music you've written for this stage work sound like your concert music?"
Flute/Picc/Alt, Deirdre Viau
Clarinet/Eb/bass, Yhasmin Valenzuela
Percussion, Ana Lorenzo
Piano, Christopher Matthew Orzech
Violin, Annie Hsu
Cello, Christopher Homick
Conductor, Ray Daniels
The music of “in shadows, in silence” was inspired by certain ideas I’ve developed recently regarding memory and the past. In the months before I began work on the piece, I realized that my memories of earlier periods of my life were most strongly stimulated by shadows and silences. As I started to sketch the work, shadows and silences acted as portals through which I would pass from the world of the present into the world of the past. In one sense, the two contrasting musics found in this work are representative of the emotional and expressive qualities I have come to associate with each of these two distinct spiritual worlds.