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Hearing the signature trumpet line of The Unanswered Question transformed into a riff over a pulsing ensemble texture was incredibly satisfying.
I had received a CMA/Doris Duke grant to write music for my Septet using influences from the music of Charles Ives. My intention was never to have my music sound like his, not that I could do that anyway. It was more about listening to his music, really checking out in-depth a few of his compositions and then seeing what I could come up with, how it would inspire me…how it might influence my writing and how I could integrate it into some pieces that would be fun or challenging to improvise over.