There's no lack of void
Commissioned by the Adele and John Gray Endowment Fund
Instrumentation: Flute, Bass Clarinet, Trombone, Piano, Percussion, Violin, Viola, Cello
First performance by Ensemble Linea, conductor: Jean-Philippe Wurtz - 13.04.2016, National Sawdust (New York)
In this new piece I tried to continue to examine what does musical meaning signify for me. I tried to create a piece in which there is an abundance of musical events and materials - this abundance strips them from their significance and turns them into a sort of musical waste. I wanted to create a musical context that will correspond to my overwhelming experience of being exposed to so much music, that it's hard to have meaningful experiences.
When Vladimir asks Estragon in Becket's "Waiting for Godot": "Where were we yesterday evening according to you?", Estragon answers "How would I know? In another compartment.There's no lack of void". Adorno in his article “Trying to Understand Endgame”, describes Beckett's writing as writing in which "the poetic process declares itself to be a process of wastage".
In this flux of events and musical wastage, I was hoping to find moments of authentic not-self-aware-or-self-referential honest expression.