Tihai (2016) – Solo for Multiple Percussion and Electronics

Written for Andrew Ferdig

Tihai Sample PDF

Tihai was commissioned by my dear friend Andrew Ferdig in late 2015. Andrew asked me to write him a piece with delicate textures along the same lines as Casey Cangelosi’s Glamour. The piece is written in the form of a tihai, which is a rhythmic variation traditionally part of classical Indian music and takes three repetitions to return back to the downbeat of the beat cycle. This piece utilizes a 13-beat tihai over a 19-beat cycle. Each new repetition of the tihai adds another family of instruments but is continuously juxtaposed over the beat cycle performed on tuned metal pipes. The electronics serve as a drone to accompany the tihai. Andrew is planning on performing Tihai in spring 2017.