IF WHERE IS OF TO WHY (2008)
2 PIANOS, 2 PERCUSSION
WRITTEN FOR: BERLIN PIANOPERCUSSION
PREMIERE: 2008-07-18 (METZ, FRANCE)
LATEST PERFORMANCE: 2016-01-06 (HONG KONG, CHINA)
What makes familiar sounds sudden? I speak not of the dog’s bark or glass breaking, but of the “hello” on the other end of the telephone or the hiss of a match that has just been struck. Such sounds surprise us both because and in spite of the fact that we expect them. The moment of stillness before is what allows their arrival to be all the more shocking. But what if, instead, this moment is allowed to linger? What if, in waiting, we forget what is to come? We begin to suspend our anticipation of the inevitable, all the while remaining breathless. Thoughts of what could be and memories of what have been begin to melt into one another. An infinite universe full of familiarity and uncertainty lies between such sounds…the knock on the door and the creak of its hinges, the yell of the starter and the firing of his gun, the flutter of the diving board and the splash of the water below.