sad song, horse blanket, stinging nettle

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Composed by
alto flute, cello, piano, tenor saxophone, violin
With electronics
Work premiered
October 2018
Venue of the premiere
Centro Galego de Arte Contemporánea, Santiago de Compostela (Spain)
11 minutes

sad song, horse blanket, stinging nettle deals with the re-creation of the affective space of a personal memory. While looking at Bleda y Rosa's photos on display for the premiere at the CGAC, I was struck by how they created a total space. You feel the heat of the sun, the smell of farms, the plants you brush into. But more than that, you feel the affect of the environment; emotions wrapped in sensory experience. Likewise, I found myself transported back to a particular memory the day after the unfortunate, early death of a friend. I could feel in my body the intense melancholy of the moment, the funky “horse blanket” profile of wild beer, the discomforting touch of plants on flesh, the alienating warmth of a wedding after loss, the sound of the city around me.