push / pull
push / pull (2013.15) was commissioned by the Aspen Music Festival and School for the Aspen Contemporary Ensemble and later extended for Ensemble Paramirabo (Montréal, Québec). The work is an exploration into the composer’s musical roots associated with rock and metal music. While not being a direct translation of the rock idiom, push / pull evokes the visceral energy attributed to that music. Not only does the mood shift between a pushing and pulling of energy, the musical sections also expand and contract—repeating in lengthened, shortened, or in exact repetitions of their original forms.