Saxifraga (flute/picc, bass clarinet, cello, vib/glock, piano)

The sound quality is poor for the above video.  The player below, has better sound reproduction and is the same performance.

(Completed December 2010). A fantasy piece for flute/piccolo, bass clarinet, cello, vibraphone/glockenspiel, and piano. Commissioned by the Playground Ensemble of Denver Colorado. Premiered May 13, 2011 by Sonya Yeager-Meeks, flute; Brian Ebert, bass clarinet; Richard von Foerster, cello; Rachel Hargroder, percussion; Reggie Berg, piano; and Jonathan Leathwood, conductor in Hamilton Recital Hall, The Robert and Judi Newman Center for the Performing Arts. A subsequent performance was given by Innovox on December 6, 2013 in the Shapeshifter Lab in Brooklyn, New York. (ca. 7.5 min.)

My piece, Saxifraga, has nothing to do with saxophones, classical Indian raga, nor, for those whose minds turn in a different direction, with sexy frogs.   The word, Saxifraga is the genus name for a sub-group of flowering plants in the Saxifrage family.   My inspiration for this piece comes from my love of the mountains and their many beautiful wildflowers, among them, the delicate and alluring, brook saxifrage. I hope you will enjoy this music as I endeavor to share with you a small part of my spiritual connection to the solitude and exquisiteness of the mountain wilderness.