Momentary Control by Sean Foran
Originally written for Trichotomy and Nozomi Omote
Instrumentation: (1-7 players) Vibraphone (x2), Marimba, Piano, Double Bass, Drum Kit, auxiliary percussion (optional)
Perhaps the title for this piece refers to how we move through every day, but for me the inspiration was in the feeling that when composing or improvising music there is a constant push and pull with a sense of control and chaos. This flux is integral I believe…and I welcome the sense of surprise, and the challenge that comes with the constant element of the known and unknown. I know what’s coming next..but then again, I don’t.
The work often features a simple melody – mostly played by Vibraphone and Marimba – floating over some more dense melodic and rhythmic parts – with the second Vibraphone part and the trio (piano/double bass/drums) creating these interlocking textures.
Written in 6/8, the piece often creates a shifting sense of pulse, with phrasing for the marimba, bass and piano often creating cross rhythms, pushing into a sense of 12/8.
This project has been assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council, its arts funding and advisory body