Chain of Circumstances is one of a series of open-form compositions that have occupied my creative interest in recent years. As with the other related works of mine, Chain of Circumstances explores aspects of recombinance, modularity, and non-linear musical structures. In this instance, the work is conceived as a series of disparate, distinctive, and relatively static musical states that provides an ever-changing sonic canvas, which the pianist(s) may alter at will. In performances that include solo dancer and/or electronics, the result is a kind of dynamic and unpredictable“ feedback loop” between the various elements. Originally conceived only as a live performance work, this fixed video realization was created specifically for the type of remote concert experience that has become common (and necessary) during the 2020-21 pandemic.
Chain of Circumstances was supported by a grant from Texas Woman’s University and composed in February-March 2020 for pianist Richard Shuster and dancer/choreographer Jordan Fuchs. The dance video footage was created by Danielle Willis (camera operator) and Dayna Ballenger (lighting), with audio and video production by the composer.