for flute, clarinet, marimba, and electronics(2017)
|Commission||Commissioned by Katharina Pistor and Carsten Bonnemann|
|Premiere||February 17, 2017 at National Sawdust, Brooklyn; Talea Ensemble: Barry Crawford – flute, Marianne Gythfeldt – clarinet, Alex Lipowski – marimba|
Sacrament uses repetition and variation to explore connections between speed and resonance, spaciousness and overload, growth and decay. In the opening section, arpeggiating woodwinds summon a distorted synth line, leading to a series of riff-oriented sections that cycle back to a varied beginning, nine minutes later. As in many of my works, the performers in Sacrament are invited to strike a balance between fierce precision and transformational nuance. The flute creates virtuosic contrasts between rapid fire arpeggios and “distorted” breath tones, the clarinet evokes fluidity and color, while the marimba alternates between hypnotic riffs, stentorian pulses, and ecstatic gestures that dance on the threshold of syncopation and pointillism.
– Mario Diaz de Leon