Murmuring Light (2019)
for orchestra: 2222 | 4331 | 3 perc | hp | pno | str
In Studio Drift’s interactive light installation Flylight, many delicate glass tubes light up in unpredictable swarm-like patterns. These patterns are based on the flock behavior of birds, and are responsive to the viewer’s movement. While birds can symbolize individual freedom, in a murmuration they find safety in numbers, sensing each other’s direction and moving collectively. In Murmuring Light, I explore this delicate balance between the individual and the group. Through various musical parameters, the distinction between ‘individual’ and ‘group' is heightened and blurred, in a continuous shift of light.
Murmuring Light won Manhattan School of Music's Carl Kanter Award for Excellence in Orchestral Composition in May 2019. Its New Zealand premiere will be given by Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra and Music Director Giordano Bellincampi at 'Conflict and Triumph' on November 14th 2019.
Score & Parts available at SOUNZ Centre for New Zealand Music