for viola and fixed media

performed by: sebastian stefanovic, viola
premiere: 8/8/20, www.youtube.com/watch?v=kmxwPh7rRew


This work was composed as a part of the 2020 Virtual Composers Conference, and grew out of conversations which Sebastian and I had during the collaboration process. I-90 is a piece written for viola and fixed media which utilizes field recordings taken at various locations along interstate 90 between Missoula, MT and Chicago, IL. The materials of the piece are related to the sensory and affective qualities which traveling over vast expanses in space evoke, particularly through car travel - a mode of travel which culturally predominates in the United States. I owe a debt of gratitude to Sebastian, Linda Catlin Smith, Kurt Rohde, and Amadeus Regucera, who all helped guide the formation of this piece.