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