Next Year (Daniel Bolshoy)
Written in 2011 for Daniel Bolshoy, five movements, ca. 9 minutes.
“The piece is rich with tasty contrasts of rhythm and harmony, making for a set that will likely become popular program fare in a short time.”–Classical Guitar Canada
Daniel grew up in Israel, as did I, and I wanted to write music that reflects this connection. So I took the Old City as inspiration and tried to capture its elemental, strange, and unsettled essence. I enjoyed writing this piece, but I remember feeling strangely compelled to really strip things to the bone. Any kind of decorative flourish that didn’t serve a specific purpose ended up on the cutting room floor.
I. Summer (Jouni Stenroos)
Written in 2010 for James Day, four movements, ca. 10 minutes.
“Rain” was where I decided to start focusing on music that’s there for me to write, rather than on music that’s slightly out of reach. This small shift in attitude has made composing easier and more enjoyable for me. I tried to write direct and evocative music here, and I’m quite happy with how it turned out. It’s my most often performed solo piece.
I. The Living Room (Cavatina Duo)
II. The Attic
III. The Bedroom
Written in 2004 for the Cavatina Duo, three movements, ca. 10 minutes.
Denis Azabagic and his wife Eugenia are great players, great people, and good friends, and I wanted to write natural and intimate music for them. The movements are named after rooms in a house: the elegant and organized living room, the cluttered attic, and finally the bedroom.