Instrumentation: Piano and percussion
Duration: 6 minutes
Commissioned by Kupka’s Piano
Tactile, granular, and confined.
Let another ‘lockdown’ work, Nest of gravel captures some of restrictive, monotonous, at times claustrophobic nature many of us have experienced as a result of lockdown and Covid-19. Movement is highly restricted over the physical regions of the piano as the keyboard, pedals, and strings rattle, scrape, and grind against each other. The bed of sound creates a certain unease; constant agitation and a longing for reprieve.
For some, lockdown has meant resort-like living, unburdened by financial worry. For others, it has entailed police presence, cage-like confinement, and an amplification of already tenuous socio-economic conditions. The detainment of refugees, political prisoners, and minorities has been a reality of society well before 2020 and it must be remembered that what many have experienced recently is but a drop in the ocean of what systematic and weaponised confinement entails.
10th Oct 2020: Brisbane Music Festival (Online), Brisbane Qld, Australia – Kupka’s Piano
A3 full score, copying still in progress