Buttonwoodstring quartet (2010)
|Commission||JACK Quartet and underwritten by the American Composers Forum with funds from the Jerome Foundation|
|Premiere||November 20, 2010; The Ice Box, Crane Arts, Philadelphia, PA; JACK Quartet|
In the winter of 2010 I was invited by Dr. Morris Schimmel to complete a six-week artist residency at the Buttonwood Psychiatric Unit in Burlington County, NJ. Twice a week I brought music to the unit, performed for and with patients and observed the remarkable staff interact with the residents. Buttonwood is a musical meditation on this unique artist residency project and is dedicated to the staff and patients I encountered at the hospital. The starting material for the piece was a short anthem I wrote for the patients during the residency (“O Buttonwood”). In the string quartet I stretched the melodic and harmonic materials of this song into a twenty-three minute adagio in an effort to evoke the feeling of quiet struggle and intense introspection that permeated the halls of the unit.