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‘Gyri' are the intricately packed ridges on the surface of the brain — though there is also an association with the term ‘gyre’, meaning a whirling vortex or spiral. These images of packed density and whirling energy provide the impetus for the types of musical gestures, driven by an essentially soloistic piano part. Harmonies contract and expand, permutating patterns flicker through the textures, and lines intertwine, form and reform around the piano’s insistent oscillations.
This work was commissioned by and premiered by the Ensemble Reconsil, conducted by Roland Freisitzer, with funding from Victoria University of Wellington.
Commissioned by the Ensemble Reconsil, with funding from Victoria University of Wellington
23 Nov 2021: Stroma | 20th Anniversary Concert