Portals (2017)

soprano sax and electronic track 10'

Commissioned by Jacob Swanson, sax

Premiere Jan 2017 Jamestown, NY

I began writing "Portals" as a reaction to the more serious chamber compositions I was working on at the time. Sometimes it feels great to let loose. The resulting piece is a karaoke-like track full of synths and drums, and a driving saxophone part with playful melodies and rhythmic twists. The first movement is a primordial, almost sci-fi scattering of sounds and echoes. Those sounds coalesce into the second movement's undeniably pop grooves.