version for viola duo or viola solo(2014)
|Commissioned by Yellow Barn; Seth Knopp, Artistic Director
|July 29, 2014; Yellow Barn, Vermont; Born Lau and Roger Tapping, viola
Having been interested in Mahayana Buddhism for a number of years, I went to a Buddhist monastery in upstate New York to study meditation in 1999. One evening, while walking alone by the side of the lake, I caught the sight of a “V” shape floating and extending on the surface of the water. It was a beaver taking a swim under the moon. This image gave me insight into my relationship with silence: underneath the music is a profoundly deep silence upon which I seek to inscribe my signature through sound. It inspired me to compose a number of works.
The duo version of Lakescape III was commissioned by Yellow Barn, Seth Knopp, Artistic Director. Its world premiere was given by Born Lau and Roger Tapping on July 29, 2014 at the Big Barn, Putney, Vermont.