Presence performed by the New York Philharmonic.
This is the fourth and final movement from my quintet for string quartet and bass clarinet called On Shapes and Figures. This specific movement was written following a string of deaths in my family that all happened in a relatively tight timeframe. Presence, was my exploration of grief and loss – a minimalist and experiential depiction of the absence of someone’s presence and the vivid presence felt by their loss. The original stage setup requires all quintet members standing, except the cello who remains seated and visually centered throughout. The music goes through 7 repeated cycles with all standing musicians gradually exiting view.
Many thanks to the New York Philharmonic for this digital performance and Carolina Mendez for bringing my visual direction to life. Full audio performance of On Shapes and Figures with Loon Lake live Ensemble HERE.