S o l o  &  D u o

 

Flash

Rev. 2016 (2008), 4 mins- vn

The title suggests gestures of sudden burst of bright light. Dashing and flashing gestures are heard continuously on high registers.

 

Flash for violin solo was completed in September 2008 in Thessaloniki, Greece. It was commissioned by Kumho Asiana Cultural Foundation to be premiered by Hae-Sun Kang at the Kumho Art Hall in Seoul on 6 November 2008.

It was published by Da Vinci Edition, Milan/Italy (CODE: DV 10207).

Exevalen

2019, 8 mins - bcl

EXEVALEN, written for solo bass clarinet, explores sonic capabilities of the instrument as follows: tremolo with harmonic overtones, sweeping glissando throughout the upper partials of the instrument, and rapid succession of spectral multiphonics from low fundamentals. This work is the result of an ongoing collaboration with Sarah K Watts. She first performed the piece on July 28 during the ClarinetFest 2019 at the Auditorium, University of Tennessee.

 

The piece is dedicated to Sarah K Watts.

 
 

Agonia

2019, 10 mins - fl & pf

Unfolding over an eight-bar repeated pattern in the pianist’s left hand, the piece takes its inspiration from Christ in the Garden, painted by Nikolaus Obilman in 1466 (Warsaw’s National Museum in Poland); in projecting this prayer into physical movement, the choreographer writes that she “creates a meditative landscape exploring moments of women’s resistance, folding and unfolding brokenness, invisibility, and reawakening.”

 

The music is written for the dance Grounded Orbit in collaboration with choreographer Ilana Morgan. It was performed by dancers Sharon Barnhill and Linda Wallace, pianist Anatolia Ioannides, and flutist Elizabeth McNutt at the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth in Texas on January 19, 2019. It was commissioned by the Sounds Modern.

It was published by Tetractys in UK (Ref: 815417/4)

Fruscio

2016, 5 mins - picc

The title Fruscio (Rustling) reflects the behavior of the music in the work. The inspiration for this piece is from the nature surrounded by I-Park Foundation in East Haddam, Connecticut. It was composed during the I-Park’s Residency under collaboration with Ensemble MISE-EN in August 2016.

 

Fruscio was first performed by Kelley Barnett during the Sound of Stockholm Festival at the Kulturhuset Stadsteatern in Stockholm on 10th of November 2016. It lasts about 5 minutes and is scored for piccolo.

It was published by Tetractys in UK (Ref: 815417/3).

 

Soaring

Rev. 2017 (2010), 4 mins - fl

While I was working on this piece I was imagining a seabird dynamically soar by repeatedly diving into the valleys of ocean waves, and then wheeling back up into the air.

 

Soaring was completed in late 2010 in Thessaloniki, Greece. It was revised in 2017. Soaring is written for Carla Rees and it was first performed in London on 20th July 2012. It lasts about 4 minutes.

It was published by Tetractys in UK (Ref: 815417/2).

 

Sweetness of Stars

2010, 3 mins - fl

Sweetness of stars was completed in early 2010 in Thessaloniki, Greece. In Sweetness of stars, the flute wanders around on high registers in soft dynamics. It explores in between stillness and motion.

The piece was first performed during the Festival Champs Libres by Keiko Murakami at the Le Maillon Hautepierre in Strasbourg on 5 June 2010. It lasts about 5 minutes.

 

Amabile Saki

2007, 4 mins - vn, pf or fl, pf

Amabile Saki is a music written for prenatal. The idea of the piece comes from other work of mine, Shades of Raindrops which was composed between September 2005 and January 2006 almost in parallel with the period of my pregnancy.

 

In Amabile Saki, the figuration in the piano creates sense of continuous flow and its gesture evokes the water in mother's womb. Playful yet sensitive line is heard in the flute as if the prenatal infant explores the waters.

 

Amabile Saki was completed in November 2007 in Thessaloniki, Greece. It lasts about 4 minutes and is originally scored for flute and piano. In 2010, it was first performed by Duo Sonority at Tochigiken sougou bunka center, Tochigi/Japan.

 

The Annunciation

2001, 9 mins - ob, perc (vib.)

The Annunciation for Oboe and Percussion was commissioned by Melinda Maxwell and was performed by her for her CD release.

 

The Annunciation was released on Dutton (CDLX7139). It also includes works by Sir Harrison Birtwistle, Simon Bainbridge and Robert Saxton.

 

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