...Your music is a joy to work on.
-Veteran Sound Engineer, Greg Lukens
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This album is a collection of five orchestral concert works written between 2020 and 2023.
The first, Shenandoah, reflects upon the irreversible changes in the Shenandoah Valley from a font of folk and native traditions to the fast-food chains and highways that now blanket the land.
The second, third and fourth pieces comprise a suite of three nocturnes, basically about sleeplessness and the brooding that accompanies it, the demons from midnight to six am.
Waiting for Dawn is a ride through semi-consciousness. One might think of it as an extended dance with the following time-cues:
01:38....Slow Dance of Random Thoughts
03:19....Grandfather Telling Stories
08:38...Grandfather and His Parakeet
09:27....A Gathering in the Alleys
10:13.....Alleycats and Alleyrats
13:19....Still Not Asleep
Cat's Eyes, the universe, immediate and mysterious, jazzy and majestic, all there just beyond our reach.
Sleepless, between waking and the unconscious, is
where the demons play. Maybe you are asleep, or maybe
not. With all that racket between your ears how do you know? The SCORE for Sleepless is available for free
The last piece, The Evocation of Winter, for strings, portrays that calming Winter's silent cold, fog, and snow that so welcomingly blankets a noisy world.
Somewhere between midnight and six am, you drift from thought to memory to some weird idea you just can't shed, or maybe you don't even want to. SLEEPLESS is a concert work for small orchestra and is Illustrated in this video with paintings by the Breugels, Hieronimus Bosch and their contemporaries. From the album, Waiting For Dawn.