bang Z (2014) for bass clarinet, percussion, piano, violin, cello
duration: ca 7'

commissioned by the Aspen Music Festival and School

 

program note:
The title bang Z is derived from the name of a small, high-pitched, Chinese wood block called bangzi. A set of these high-pitched, piccolo wood blocks are a central timbre of this work. bang Z is built around sudden and drastic juxtapositions that suddenly shift the piece in new directions. This is done through abrupt tempo changes, interjections of musical material, and unexpected harmonic shifts.

bang Z was comissioned by The Aspen Music Festival and School and premiered by The Aspen Contemporary Ensemble at the 2014 festival.

awards:
winner of the Hermitage Prize at The Aspen Summer Music Festival and School
awarded runner-up at the RED NOTE New Music Festival Composition Competition

performance history (selected listing):
March 3, 2018 - F-PLUS - Fullerton Hall at the Art Institute Chicago
September 25, 2016 - Oberlin Sinfonietta - Warner Concert Hall at Oberlin College & Conservatory
June 8, 2016 - The Aspen Contemporary Ensemble - The NY Philharmonic Biennial at The Whitney Museum of American Art
March 5, 2016 - Latitude 49 - Reva and Logan Center for the Arts at The University of Chicago
April 24, 2016 - Forecast Music - The Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art
August 9, 2014 - The Aspen Contemporary Ensemble - The 2014 Aspen Music Festival and School
July 30, 2014 - The Aspen Contemporary Ensemble - The 2014 Aspen Music Festival and School