Speaking of Jennifer Higdon, I'm neither particularly a concerto guy nor argumentative but her chamber music piece Zaka, leading off the new eighth blackbird CD on Cedille Records, intrigues on first listen. I like the energy and the quiet interludes and I'm starting to realize she really knows how to write for specific instruments (as opposed to just being good at orchestration). Generation X John Adams on fast forward with a hint of complexity in the flute?
zaka: To do the following almost simultaneously and with great speed: zap, sock, race, turn, drop, sprint. See also: eighth blackbird.
wikipedia: jennifer higdon eighth blackbird generation x g.i. generation cedille records flute john coolidge adams
eighth blackbird blog: the g.i. generation copes with a missing downbeat
cd recorded at: ball state