Open Air

37 minutes/ 2023
made collaboratively with Kurt Stallmann and Eric Mandat, wind player

A performance piece that aspires to imagine and recreate the earliest sounds made by humans and integrate them with dreamlike images drawn from the natural world.  Did those sounds form the scales of the music we know or did they originate instead in the places where the fingers of an ancient musician
fell upon a fragment of bone, prompting him to carve sounding holes there?  And what of the musician’s world?  Did it resemble what we see and contemplate around us when no evidence of the present is in view?

Open Air combines improvisations on specially constructed wind instruments with electronic sounds and segments of single-channel video. It was performed
at the Moody Center for the Arts, Rice University, on October 7, 2023.