On Taos – native flute, flute, cello, piano, 16'
2007 ∙ small ensemble
Robert Mirabal, native flute and percussion; Tara Helen O'Connor, flute; Keith Robinson, cello; Melvin Chen, piano.
Commissioned and given its premiere by the Taos Chamber Music Group. Premiered 6/25/07 by TCMG at the Taos Community Auditorium, Taos, NM.
“On Taos” was composed for Robert Mirabal and the Taos Chamber Music Group. It is a roughly fifteen minute work that incorporates both composed and improvised music, featuring Mirabal on flutes and didgeridoo.
I spent several years living in the expansive refuge of Taos and her sister cities, and it seemed fitting that I compose a work related to my time with her, getting to know her people, her history, her landscape...Taos has a way of forcing your perspective into present wonder, and simultaneously easing your mind into nostalgia. By exploring Pueblo music, the Alabados sung by the Spanish settlers, the famed Taos hum, and landmarks like the gorge, Blue Lake, and Taos Mountain, I attempt to paint my personal feelings upon Taos’ canvas. And in that way On Taos is a musical collage of memory, whereby one flips the pages of an old photo album and history clutters the space as though it were the present moment.
Robert Mirabal and I have been collaborating for several years now, and it is my great pleasure to help introduce his virtuosity to classical audiences.