bang Z (2014) for bass clarinet, percussion, piano, violin, cello
duration: ca 7'
commissioned by the Aspen Music Festival and School
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.
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