ON A BOX
World Premiere of "Variations on a Box"
New York Live Arts, May 2016
Ariel Rivka Dance
Variations on a Box is the second of two works (Ori being the first) to focus on writing for 4 amplified cellos. A shorter, intense work of three movements, each has it's own character and structure. The first two develop to score a huge variety of dance phrases and groupings. The final section channels my "Bartok influences" and is entirely in 7/8. It is incessant, unyielding, extremely hard to play and dance, and a ton of fun.
Choreographer Ariel Grossman of Ariel Rivka Dance explored movement around the structures of a Box. Confining yet also liberating. My work moves in and out of constrained movements into repeated patterns that hopefully appear to grow and expand their musical consciousness.
Variations on a Box was recorded at the Bunker Studios in 2016.