Premiered by the Altius Quartet April 9, 2016 in Grusin Hall, Boulder, CO
Second performance November 9, 2016 in Weill Hall of Carnegie Hall, NYC (info)
A violist myself, this work for the Altius Quartet began as an exploration of my favorite techniques for bowed string instruments. The piece is filled with fluttering harmonics, resonant open strings, glassy or scratchy tones, and folk-style lyrical embellishments. These sounds were shaped into melodies, harmonies, and rhythmic figures which emerge and fade from a constantly evolving, hazy texture. I was struggling to settle on a title for this work until I made an anxious, fog-filled drive from Wisconsin to Colorado. The farms, cities, cars and natural landscapes I was driving past were blurry, nebulous, and faint. But occasionally, the fog would lift and a clear, striking image would suddenly appear. This work not only evokes the sensory experience of that drive but also touches on the dedication it takes to endure through difficult experiences. For me, through fog creates a space to reflect on perseverance and the will to keep moving forward.