Tihai (2016) – Solo for Multiple Percussion and Electronics
Written for Andrew Ferdig
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.