Sextet began with a groovy little bass line that came into my head one day. I started playing around with layering different patterns on top of it, and what began as a whimsical exercise became the backbone of a dramatic and wide-ranging work. Sextet combines the repeating figures and grid-like structure of post-minimalist and vernacular music with free and improvisational melodic gestures and the emotional range and dramatic sweep of classical chamber music. It was composed for and premiered at the 2010 Switchboard Music Festival in San Francisco.
flute, clarinet, violin, cello, piano, percussion
Michael Williams, flute; Jonathan Russell, clarinet; Emily Packard, violin; Erin Wang, cello; Andy Meyerson, percussion; Regina Schaffer, piano on March 28, 2010