Strange Bird (2015) 9’
March 20, 2015; New York, NY; Borden Auditorium; Manhattan School of Music; Perry So, conductor; MSM Composers Orchestra
Dedicated to Susan Botti
Conceived from an eleven-bar sketch for harp, Strange Bird is an exercise in stretching the possibilities of a seemingly limited idea through the exploration of the orchestra’s inexhaustible color palette. From machine to breathing organism, the orchestra, like a flock of birds dispersing and coming together, transforms in shape and depth of color as it moves.