Written for 45th Parallel Universe
A flame that swirls and vanishes into its surrounding smoky air. A dull lingering heat that envelops our lukewarm bodies. A gentle embrace that raises the hair on our ice-cold skin. A fever that thaws our melting Earth. Kindle explores these warm sensations, using a short motive that slowly burns over time. Drawing off of melodic patterns and expressive rhythms common to Hindustani music, the piece gradually expands and transforms the opening solo figure into one that eventually pervades the entire orchestra.
This piece was commissioned by 45th Parallel Universe and the Gabriela Lena Frank Creative Academy of Music with generous support from Helen and Justus Schlichting. Many thanks to Gabriela, the Schlichtings, Ron Blessinger, and everyone in 45th Parallel Chamber Orchestra for making this piece possible.
October 29th, 2019
Workshop: 45th Parallel Universe open reading
Portland State University
October 9th, 2020*
45th Parallel Universe concert
Performed by 45th Parallel Universe
*postponed due to COVID-19 pandemic