for two violas, two violoncellos, two contrabasses
Premiered: Members of the 2013 Fresh Inc. Festival
Duration: eight minutes
Instrumentation: two violas, two violoncellos, two contrabasses
When tasked with composing a work for two violas, two cellos, and two basses, my first thoughts were to the range of the ensemble. This is essentially an ensemble of low voices, after all. I sought to maximize this feature by creating a work focused on establishing a complex bass line groove one element at a time. GROOVE INCUBATION does just that.
The piece opens with several textural elements trying to establish a basic harmonic language. Eventually, the task moves toward discovering a simple pulse, then a basic meter, and so on, until the first element is solidified in the basses. The piece continues this process, adding layers one at a time, until it builds into a dense stacking of rhythmic ideas, complete with several percussive elements as a kind of trap set surrogate.
Please note: Performance parts are licensed according to the number of desired performances, and must be returned afterwards. Each set of performance parts includes two copies of the score, which are yours to keep.