alto flute/piccolo; clarinet in A; bass clarinet/small bamboo chimes to hang on music stand; horn in F/small bamboo chimes to hang on music stand; bass trombone/small bamboo chimes tohang on music stand; percussion: 2 suspended cymbals, hihat, sizzle cymbal, 3 toms, medium bass drum, 3 woodblocks, three sets of maracas, bamboo or wood chimes; harp; violin;viola; cello and bass
In this work, cycles of accumulation and decay move in broad wave-like gestures, recalling the sea. I am fascinated by the potency of the tiniest gesture, syllable or phoneme. Having no ‘meaning’ in itself, the syllable ‘and’ is weightless and transient, yet holds enormous power to link ideas; to create anticipation/momentum. It is like a wave bearing thought towards utterance. …and…11 was composed for, and is dedicated to, Chachi and Lontano.
This one movement work for chamber ensemble and Indonesian zither was composed especially for to Dody Satya Ekagustdiman who was artist in residence 2003 at Victoria University School of Music. The score is mostly graphic notation.
Milly Mae-Moet is dressed up like a picture, anticipating the carnival today, with carousels and horses, hot air balloons. Ribbons in her hair and petticoat of crinoline, dance in the wind. Mother Mae-Moet buys candy-floss and toffee, pretty balloons for her, darling Milly Mae grows stubborn and persistent, wants more balloons. She has dreams of flying, never gives up trying for one more balloon. Milly Mae-Moet is willful and unyielding she gets her way, one more balloon, to take her away. Happily flying away too high to save…
This piece tells the story of Milly Mae-Moet, the stubborn yet admirably driven girl who convinces her mother to buy her all the balloons at the carnival so she my fulfill her dream of flying. She happily ascends (much to her mothers distress) through the insect layer into the bird layer and eventually into infinity.
The piece is a combination of scored sections and work-shopped improvisations that were developed with the ensemble in December 2007.