Phare Far (2014)
Composer: Linda Bouchard
for saxophone quartet and live electronics

When I was asked to compose a new work for Quasar, I initially thought I would compose a loud muscular piece. However, once I started working with the musicians during our October workshop, I was struck by the softer colors, the breath and the qualities of the sounds between the air and the full sonority.

I live in San Francisco on the foggy side of the city, and it became the thru line for this new work. Fog is water suspended in the air, a single element, and similarly, this piece is completely built around a single pitch, Eb, and variations on one chord.

Phare Far is about density, about a spatial sense of movement, closing in on the listener or lifting up. The piece is structured like a Concerto for four live Saxophones accompanied by a virtual orchestra of sampled saxes. The live music seems to trigger the samples.

Linda Bouchard

Phare Far has been commissioned by Quasar with the assistance of the Canada Council for the Arts.