I play a mean air violin and air cello, but even that can only take me so far. And sometimes things do work, but I just needed to write them down differently. It’s a nice feeling when a player finds something tricky and I explain “Well, I imagined it would be played like this” and the response is “Oh, I can do THAT! That’s EASY! But better to write it like this…”
Over the course of a few days, at the beautiful Sentralen cultural space (a repurposed bank), we worked through every detail of the score. I knew that I wanted the whole piece to start with a full, intense, joyous sound—but I was not prepared for how blown away I would be when those nine performers let loose with the first chord. It was an absolute thrill. And it just got better from there. It was a lot of hard work, a lot of focus, a lot of fun, a lot of camaraderie—and a lot of good food. Oslo has some great restaurants!