Tihai (2016) – for multiple percussion with electronics - (6:30)
Commissioned by Andrew Ferdig
Complete instrumentation: 5 aluminum/copper pipes (tuned to singing bowl), guiro, 2 ceramics, 2 glasses, 3 woods, singing bowl, electronics
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Tihai was commissioned by my dear friend Andrew Ferdig in late 2015. Andrew asked me to write him a piece with delicate textures along the same lines as Casey Cangelosi’s Glamour. The piece is written in the form of a tihai, which is a rhythmic variation traditionally part of classical Indian music and takes three repetitions to return back to the downbeat of the beat cycle. This piece utilizes a 13-beat tihai over a 19-beat cycle. Each new repetition of the tihai adds another family of instruments but is continuously juxtaposed over the beat cycle performed on tuned metal pipes. The electronics serve as a drone to accompany the tihai.