Mist Sketches commemorates various times and places in my life where the natural atmosphere was so strongly impressive that the moments live vibrantly and wonderfully in my memory. The work is in three movements.
Movement one is called At Hell’s Gates and references Hell’s Gates in Western Tasmania, Australia—a notorious and treacherous stretch of water that claimed many convict and trade ships in the nineteenth century. The jagged, restless nature of this music, though not seeking to be pictorial, does reference this place of awesome beauty and danger.
Movement two is called In Bright and recalls a trip I made to Bright, Victoria, Australia as a teenager. I went with a group of painters during winter and the landscape, sunlight and brittle, refreshing air coupled with intense memories of art, friendship and landscape all coalesced in my memory of that wonderful place.
The last movement, Air references the lightness and freshness these memories bring as well as the wonderfully tactile and light sense of air rejuvenating our senses.
These short, light works are dedicated to my good friend, the wonderful pianist Awadagin Pratt with gratitude and fondness.