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I inattendu

II agrandir

III sinistre

IV jeux a deux

Duo Flow is the fourth work, and first non-solo work, of the hour long Flow Cycle for Strings.  The four movements of Duo Flow serve as both intermezzo to the complete cycle and as a deeper exploration of these themes, making both direct and indirect references to other pieces of the cycle (and other pieces I was working on at the time).  The final movement of this work is in fact a transcription of the penultimate movement of Shadow Flow; the violin and cello hocket the original line back and forth to a dizzying conclusion.

First performance November 9, 2007 at Tenri Cultural Institute, New York by Andrea Schultz and Alex Waterman.  Performance of revised version on October 26, 2008 at Merkin Hall, New York by Eric Bartlett and Kuan-Cheng Lu.  Composed October 2007 in New York City, with revisions in 2008. Duration 12 minutes.

About the Flow Cycle

     “quietly virtuosic and addictive”

The Wire UK

    “Constructed as free fantasies, where moment-to-moment activity takes precedence over organizational unity, they articulate small details with energetic gestures - jolting, swooping, lilting rhythms; irregular phrase lengths and unexpected accents; string harmonics, bristling pizzicati, exaggerated bowing, and other tonal/textural effects.

But there is also an ever-present clarity of line and dramatic continuity that help the music sound subtly familiar and vigorously new at the same time." 

Fanfare Magazine

The Flow Cycle is influenced by Islamic Mosaics, Gnawa music of Morocco, Albert Camus' L'Étranger, and the Flow concept of Csíkszentmihályi.  While the first work "in flow" for solo violin uses an expansive linear approach to compose 'flow' of unrelated materials, each subsequent work (Shadow Flow for viola, Moroccan Flow (unfolding from unity) for 'cello, Duo Flow for violin and 'cello, and "à cause du soleil" Flow Trio for String Trio)  uses a sectional approach to create a mosaic-like experience of flow that is reflected in each of the works, which can be performed separately.

Duo Flow

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