In a massive cathedral with vaulted ceilings of gold and engraved wood, I am playing the flute with an ensemble that includes violin, cello and harpsichord. The music is 21st Century Baroque. Intricate melodies interweave with strange harmonies, percussive sounds and otherworldly harmonics, creating a rich tapestry of the threads of the ancient and the avant-garde. The room is vast and open, without benches, dwarfing the audience in folding chairs listening intently as to a sermon. Behind me is a grand fountain with curtains of water splashing delicately in the oversized pool below, which is filled with exotic goldfish. The sound of the quartet threads itself through the rafters, creating a fourth dimension to the music that pours forth from our instruments.
I awoke with this dream about a week ago, and how sad was I that it had only been a dream! But perhaps it is not impossible. In the meantime, I would like to make a reappearance onto the digital stage with some updates:
1) I have been relatively silent lately because I am in the process of getting applications ready for grad school. In the coming weeks I will be making video recordings to send off to NYU, Mills College in Oakland, California and University of California at Irvine. I might even post these videos to my website, so keep an eye out!
2) Extended Horizons may seem to have come to a close – but only for now. Keep an ear out for Extended Horizons Volume 2, new an improved with added features, to begin in early January after my applications have been mailed off.
3) In the meantime, I thought I might share a soundcloud posted by Second Inversion which features members of the Seattle Symphony performing Ligeti String Quartet No.1, “Métamorphoses nocturnes”. I can’t get enough of this recording, and I hope you enjoy it as much as I do!