Flow (2009)

Duration: 5′

Instrumentation: 2 guitars

Written for Dither Guitarist James Moore and Threefifty Duo’s Geremy Schulick

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Flow is my first composition written for the acoustic guitar. Though I have experience writing for the guitar from a few film scoring assignments that I composed in Boston and Los Angeles, this is my first time exploring the instrument on a concert performance level. Although a technically demanding and versatile instrument, I wanted to give Flow the simplicity and sheer beauty that the guitar is well known for. The title of the piece can account for a detailed program note, though I can admit that all of my experiences listening to music, both conscious and sub-conscious, enabled Flow to come to its completion.

This piece was scheduled for its premiere at the DETOUR debut concert series at the Roulette in New York City, with a solo performance by Dither Quartet Guitarist James Moore. However, after careful observations and suggestions by the artist, we both agreed that a duet of Flow would enable the composition to convey the mood and serenity if played by two guitarists, due to the timbre and challenging textures that would have made a solo performance less resonant.

Flow was premiered by James Moore and Geremy Schulick at the First Presbyterian Church Concert Series in Brooklyn Heights on July 30, 2009. It had its European premiere at the 2010 highSCORE Music Festival in Pavia, Italy.