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My aim with Woodwinds and Vibes was to create an atmospheric piece, with rich harmonies and an equality of instrumental interaction, but where individual timbres shine through. I chose this combination of instruments because I have a particular fondness for the sound of woodwinds, and for the pure metallic sound of the vibraphone. In visual terms, this piece could be seen as a series of floating images, which emerge into view then disappear. I was influenced especially by the music of Morton Feldman, with its hushed, rarefied sound world, and the simple beauty of single notes.
14 Oct 2005: Performed by Ingrid Van Boheemen (flute), Alex Vincent (oboe), Anna McGregor (clarinet), Ben Whitton (vibraphone) at the Music Theatre, University of Auckland, Auckland
18 Nov 2005: Performed at The Committee Concert at the University of Auckland Clock Tower, Auckland