Slapstick 3:100:00 / 3:10
Inspired by the book Wabi Sabi ("wah-bi sah-bi") by British author Beth Kempton, Slapstick reflects this rather captivating concept from Japanese aesthetics. Wabi sabi teaches us to see beauty in imperfection, appreciate simplicity and accept the transient nature of all things within the frame of the high speed, jarring world that so often seems to have us stuck in fight or flight mode, or jammed on autopilot. Tom Waits once said - "we live in a deficit of wonder right now" so this neoclassical piece is an attempt to help counterbalance that deficit and put a little enchantment out there.
The wabi sabi concept is represented by a driving col legno 7/4 beat in the strings, (the hitting of the wooden part of the bow against the actual strings), against which multiple sonic layers of acoustic and electronic 'magic' are set.