The main melody and sonic image for Lucid Dream came to my mind quite suddenly while I was bicycling through San Francisco on a quiet night with a beautiful moon glowing on the horizon. I imagined a slow, quietly unfolding melody, with a halo of other pitches emanating out from it, like shards of crystal. This melody, given to a very soft, slow, solo vibraphone at the opening, forms the backbone of the piece. It moves through several iterations and variants, eventually dissolving into non-metered swirls of harmony. Out of the haze, the piano emerges with one last statement, like faintly glimmering moonlight. The title was inspired by the movie Waking Life, with its hazy and ambiguous line between dreaming and wakefulness.
flute, clarinet, violin, cello, piano, percussion
Laura Snodgrass, flute; Jeff Anderle, clarinet; Claude Halter, violin; Hannah Addario-Berry, cello; Kate Campbell, piano; Erika Johnson, percussion on February 24, 2007