I was surprised, however, by where the idea for the piece came from. Jonathan and I traveled to Australia from Texas on a direct flight, which constituted a sixteen-hour plane ride that began at 10pm at night. (My longest previous air travel from Houston to London was no preparation for this marathon event in the sky!) Because we left at 10pm at night and traveled westward, and due to the fact that the earth spins eastward, our plane stayed out of the path of the sunlight until we final arrived in Sydney at 6am. Ever since, I have found my mind drawn to the idea of how this circumstance is physically achieved. Since typically we all experience the daylight and nighttime as the earth makes its daily rotation around the sun, my fascination centers around a plane’s ability to move fast enough to not be taken with the atmosphere, but instead, in essence – to chase light.
As of now, I am so thankful to already have three groups on board! A HUGE thank-you to:
Uproar Duo: Andrew Harrison, Saxophone and Clare Longendyke, Piano
Quantum Quartet: Mark Smith, Director
The University of Texas Tyler Saxophone Quartet: Sarah Roberts, Director
I am capping the consortium at ten ensembles, and will create a closed Facebook page where I will add progress reports and generally ask for advice as well as score study suggestions from time to time. I need to get started on the creative process right after Thanksgiving, and am hoping to have everyone involved from the beginning of the process! You can find all the logistical information including delivery, difficulty level, performance exclusivity, etc. as well as a payment link at my 2019 Saxophone Consortium Page
My composing career would absolutely not be possible without support. If you’ve read this far, please considering participating, and thanks for your interest in the project!