SOLARA // 2011

for kannel, bass clarinet, double bass and electronics

A dark star, in astrophysical terms, is a star whose mass is so enormous that its gravitational pull traps all of the light radiation generated by the star itself. To the observer, such a star appears totally black. From that paradoxical notion arises also the music material of “Solara” – a continuum whose every point is in constant motion and changing its shape depending on the position of the observer; a combustion that cannot be perceived visually; a light whose energy bends and refracts under its own weight.

ERE YOU WERE BORN
WAS BEAUTY’S SUMMER DEAD // 2012

for violin, cello and piano

For fear of which, hear this, thou age unbred:
Ere you were born was beauty’s summer dead.
— William Shakespeare, Sonnet 104

ACHERON // 2013

for cello and orchestra

“If I cannot bend Heaven, I shall move Hell”
— Juno, from Virgil’s “Aeneid”

Acheron, the river of pain, is one of the five rivers of the Greek underworld.

Sigmund Freud used it as a metaphor for the psychological underworld beneath the conscious mind.

GATES OF XIBALBA // 2013

for alto saxophone, piano and electronics 

Xibalba, roughly translated as “place of fear” is the name of the underworld in K’iche’ Maya mythology.

The Mayans viewed the road to Xibalba as the dark rift which is visible in the Milky Way.

A gate is a threshold.
Will you pass through it?