"á cause du soleil" Flow Trioviolin, viola, cello (2009)
|Movements||I. a debut|
III. Steady, unflinching
IV. imperceptively soft
VI. Lively, Intense
|Premiere||March 26, 2009; Merkin Concert Hall, Kaufman Center, New York, NY; Either/Or; Jennifer Choi, violin; Dov Scheindlin, viola; Alex Waterman, cello|
The Flow Trio "à cause du soleil" is the culminating work of the hour long Flow Cycle for Strings.
"à cause du soleil" Flow Trio expands my interest in creating musical 'flow' from Islamic mosaic art by incorporating a larger narrative set in North Africa. "à cause du soleil" refers to Albert Camus' L'Etranger, the pithy justification given for protagonist Meursault's impulsive action which unleashes a series of unforeseen consequences. Although absurdist by design, Camus' linearity of thought in this work helped reconfigure the 'flow' as a final common pathway for the three instruments as a unified meta-instrument, where the range of tenuous and tenacious sounds and melodies introduced throughout the Cycle synthesize and deconstruct in the finale.
“intriguing, enigmatic and eloquent,” (Bruce Hodges, Music Web UK)
The Flow Cycle is influenced by Islamic Mosaics, Gnawa music of Morocco, Albert Camus' L'Étranger, and the Flow concept of Csíkszentmihályi. While the first work, "in flow" for solo violin, uses an expansive linear approach to compose 'flow' of unrelated materials, each subsequent work (Shadow Flow for viola, Moroccan Flow (unfolding from unity) for 'cello, Duo Flow for violin and 'cello, and "à cause du soleil" Flow Trio for String Trio) uses a sectional approach to create a mosaic-like experience of flow that is reflected in each of the works, which can be performed separately.