implodex!! (2015) for sextet

Cornelia Parker’s Anti-Mass

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Commission: Left Coast Chamber Ensemble

Instrumentation: violin, viola, cello, flute, oboe, clarinet

Duration: 8 minutes

Program Notes: After looking at numerous pictures and online videos of Cornelia Parker’s work, Anti-Mass, I cannot help but find that the work reminds me of an implosion suspended in time. Since the shards exist only in a box, it is difficult to discern if the shards are a result of an implosion or explosion, therefore the title is a portmanteau of the the words implosion and explosion. Each shard is interpreted as a motif, and the oboist plays the game of trying to fit the puzzle together. “can you see it?”, the bat-shit crazy oboe ‘cadenza’ is the oboist’s interpretation of the pre-im/exploded source.

Premiere: May 29 2015 | Left Coast Chamber Ensemble | San Francisco, CA

Performance: May 31 2015 | Left Coast Chamber Ensemble | Mill Valley, CA
June 1 2015 | Left Coast Chamber Ensemble | San Francisco, CA
July 21 2015 | Yong Siew Toh Conservatory Students | Singapore
July 25 2015 | Yong Siew Toh Conservatory Students | Geneva, Switzerland
January 24 2016 | SETTS ensemble | Singapore