The CD of my orchestral works is finally officially out on Hat Art and offers perhaps a less well-known view of my work. It includes The Compass for orchestra with solo parts for flute and didgeridoo, co-commissioned by the Sydney Symphony and the Bavarian Radio Orchestra; Pearl, Ochre, Hair String for orchestra which features a solo ‘cello using a guiro bow (based in part on Invisibility) which was commissioned through the Ian Potter Foundation for the Bavarian Radio Orchestra and the West Australian Symphony Orchestra, and The Guest written for recorder soloist Jeremias Schwarzer and the SWR Sinfonieorchester Baden-Baden & Freiburg. This final piece is somewhat on my mind as it was commissioned by Armin Koehler, the former director of the Donaueschinger Musiktage who sadly passed away just last week. The piece itself was written in memory of a dear family friend and in the preface to the score I included some lines about the transition from life to death written by the beloved poet Mevlana Jelaluddin Rumi:
You look down
And it’s lucid dreaming
The gates made of light
You see in
I would like to think that this is how it is.