- for solo clarinet and Javanese gamelan
- one movement
The title, Now I Know, is a play on an initial misunderstanding over the name of the clarinet soloist for whom, along with Gamelan Padhang Moncar, the work was written – was Andrzej’s surname Knowicki, or Nowicki?
I am grateful to Jack Body for commissioning the work and, through its writing and rehearsals, taking me on a long detour outside my comfort zone, into a world of communal music making and collaboration that is so much more immediate and enveloping than the more aloof composer/performer relationship that I am accustomed to. Thanks also to Andrzej Nowicki for having the courage to explore the limits of the de-tuned clarinet, to Gareth Farr and Yudane for putting together the opening and the ensemble for its hours of dedicated rehearsal, much of it in the uncomfortable heat of Java.
- Commissioned by Jack Body and Gamelan Padhang Moncar, with funding from Creative New Zealand
- dedicated to Andrzej Nowicki and Gamelan Padhang Moncar, with thanks to Jack Body