Peace of Mind

Peace of Mind (2013 rev. 2020)
for percussion ensemble of eight players (8′)

Peace of Mind was influenced by two very unrelated sources: the music of Edgard Varèse and the Art Ensemble of Chicago’s “Ancestral Meditation”. In the piece, long periods of time are filled only by delicate percussion playing over a sustained marimba chord. Periodically, the meditative mood is interrupted by dense, energetic blocks of sound that disappear as unexpectedly as they appeared, leaving the drone of the marimba still sounding.