Three Haikus for Marimba was written for Nobue Matsuoka, and takes some traditional Japanese elements and folds them into my compositional style. The three haikus are:
Ice coats a tree branch/Winter, often unwelcome/can still bring beauty. This movement is a meditation on the winter season. It is brittle and feels fragile, but often arrives at surprising consonance.
Rain-Drummed gutter-head/Polyrhythmic randomness/We sense the patterns. This movement, instpired by Taiko drumming, uses a number of extended techniques to get a very percussive sound from the Marimba.
Roiling Fireball/Glaring through the atmosphere/Coats the Earth in Flame. This movement creates an intense ostinato figure that moves through both hands. This movement recalls elements of the first two.
First Performed: In revisions