As a fallen leaf, on a waving stream

for Flute, Oboe, Clarinet, Percussion, Piano, Guitar, Mandolin, Harp, Violin, Viola, Cello, Contrabass

2011, duration: 10′

Note:  Nieiw ensemble composer’s project, Alles kan! – kan alles?

07-09-2012 Nieuw Ensemble, Vredenburg Leeuwenbergh, Gaudeamus Muziekweek
09-06-2012 Nieuw Ensemble, Nuthuis, Den Haag
08-06-2012 Nieuw Ensemble, Blue Note, Amsterdam Composers’ Festival

Live Recording  in Nuthuis, Den Haag

Programme note

You seem to see him in a vast emptiness, faint light comes from an unidentified source. He is not standing on some specific or defined patch of ground and he is like the trunk of a tree but has no shadow, and the horizon between the sky and the earth has vanished. Or, he is like a bird in some snow-covered place and is looking from one side to the other. Occasionally, he stares right ahead as if deep in thought, although it’s not clear what it is that he is pondering. It’s simply a gesture, a gesture of aesthetic beauty. (from One Man’s Bible, Gao Xingjian)

“As a fallen leaf, on a waving stream” is about the feeling of floating, and the glimpses of different images during the musical journey. Through out the piece, wave like soundscape with the sense of fluidity and small vibration moving in between background and foreground. Occasionally, the fade in of gestures, subtle changes of colors and short melodies create different layers. Sometimes create a relatively complexity passage in the music.