A crack, a burst, that piece of wood that breaks,
Pain in the bones, disgust, and anger. Scowling breathless hopeless thought.
A crack, a burst, that miniature explosion that breaks you,
Stretched ugliness transformed into what you call beauty, a beloved beast, the noise in the silence.
A crack, a burst, that dream that tears apart,
The stupid dilemma of right and wrong, your daily dose of indomitable reality.
A crack, a burst…
At times one is angry, and you just have to yell. Many were angry during the end of 2016 and the beginning of 2017. Many of us are still angry. I streamed that frustration through the overpressure, the Bartok pizz., the 16ht note heavy-metal-esque ostinato, and other sounds like these. The piece was originally written for my friend Sara Sasaki, but this video is from a revision and performance that took place at Ensemble Evolution in Banff Center, where I met the amazing violinist Nicole Cherry.