\very/ specifically vague (2017)

Commission: Transient Canvas

Duration: 7 minutes

Premiere: March 3 2017 | Transient Canvas | Providence RI

Performances: March 4 2017 | Transient Canvas | Somerville MA
May 29 2017 | Transient Canvas | Alba, Italy
November 14 2017 | Transient Canvas | Delaware OH
November 19 2017 | Transient Canvas | Toledo OH
November 19 2017 | Transient Canvas | Elyria OH
February 16 2018 | Transient Canvas | Oakland CA
June 30 2018 | Transient Canvas | Boston MA

Instrumentation: bass clarinet and marimba

Program Information:
“very specifically vague” was an observation describing the usage of Singlish in an
r/Singapore discussion. In the work, I had the two protagonists (bass clarinet and
marimba) “speak” in a roundabout, specifically-vague way similar to that in Singlish.
Here’s a sample of Singlish’s very specifically-vagueness:
A: “Eh, lunch eat where ah?”
B: “Why not go to that place… the one behind the building…”
A: “Oh… The one next to the big tree, left hand side is alley one ah?”
B: “Think so lah. Opposite is the small park one correct?”
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