Namdaemun, for 11 instruments, is named after the (still standing) great South Gate of 14th Century Seoul, and the bustling part of town where I stayed during multiple trips there. This short ensemble work captures, in miniature, a day in the life of this busy metropolis from an outsider's perspective. Rather than pastorally transcribing the street sounds into music, I chose to capture the constant interactivity of people in the labyrinthian streets of the Namdaemun market, the largest outdoor market in Korea.  

Commercially released on Richard Carrick: Cycles of Evolution by New World Records.

2014, 5 min, for Flute, Clarinet, Oboe, Horn, Trombone, 2 Violins, Viola, Cello, Bass, Percussion.

Premiere May 31, 2014 at the NY PHIL BIENNIAL

by Musicians from the New York Philharmonic, Richard Carrick conducting.

Dedicated to Jon Deak and Theodore Wiprud

Cycles of Evolution CD review

“His music is very much of a Modernist bent, but also very much up-to-date, i.e. not in the serialist vein that has created so much animosity over decades, but one that privileges all sorts of current intellectual endeavor as a stimulus for musical reflection....The resultant sound is highly plastic—sounds are bent and smeared, ideas emerge and evaporate like weather systems.....One feels ideas constantly receding and then returning into view, each time slightly modified, in turn generating new forces that will further shape this mutation.”

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