for solo piano
Premiered by Adam Tendler on April 23, 2022 and presented by Liquid Music in Minneapolis, MN.
This work is held in exclusivity until late October, 2023.
“As in a dream, there is no release until we wake up, and not because the dream has ended.”
— Morton Feldman, note to The Viola in My Life
Living for the past month in a hotel in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, I kept happening upon signs for an ‘area of refuge’—which is a legally mandated location where people can gather in times of emergency. Repeatedly seeing these signs transported me back to a small corner waiting area in the hospital where I recently spent the days waiting upon my father during the last days of his life. The space seemed to symbolize a kind of limbo, a place of waiting, pain, but also refuge. The emotions in my piece reflect this state—suspended, emotionally unclear, and without resolution.