ICE ON SAND (2017) - for chromatic santoor and pedal steel guitar
Premiere: Historieforetelling: New Music by Ben Morris, April 25th, 2018 - Norges Musikkhøgskole, Oslo, Norway
Duration: ca. 6 min
Ice on Sand is an experiment combining two unusual instruments in an unusual environment. Both instruments slip in and out of their typical roles in a bed of shifting sound. The chromatic santoor is rare instrument, as it is typically found in a diatonic modal system, and the pedal steel guitar rarely breaks from its role in country or rock music. This piece challenges those frameworks through a woven tapestry of improvisation.