Crosswind for flute and alto saxophone (2013)
Commissioned by and written for the Tower Duo (Erin Helgeson Torres, flute; Michael Rene Torres, alto saxophone), Crosswind is a piece full of interactivity and energy. Both parts feature intricate gestures and timbral varieties that not only stimulate conversations, but also create a complex overall texture. While the two players sometimes complement each other, they are occasionally in conflict, each fighting for being the lead. To explore this idea of conflict and harmony, this piece alternates between materials that are vertically harmonious and vertically inharmonious, thus forming a progression of tension and release, as well as a collective sonority that is constantly developing, and often unexpected.
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