for one piano, two performers(1999)
|Commission||Commissioned by Jon Sakata and Jung Mi Lee|
|Premiere||January 8, 2000; New England Conservatory, Boston, MA; Jon Sakata and Jung Mi Lee, piano|
|Technical requirements||Extended techniques inside of the piano are required throughout.|
In the summer of 1999, my friend Jong Jin Kim, the Korean architect, spent a week in a Buddhist temple in the deep mountains in South Korea. As Jong Jin was taking a walk one late afternoon, he was caught in a sudden rainstorm. The rain was so hard that his vision was completely blinded by the storm, and as Jong Jin put it, “for a while, all there was was the sound around me – the sound of wind, rain and frogs. I was completely absorbed in it. It was a symphony.”
Inspired by his experience, this piece is a personal journey against the habituality of traditional and contemporary piano practice; it is also a journey to embrace the freshness of the sounds of the piano, as if it is approached for the first time.