1. Dalla Qualcosa

Written in 2007, Dalla Qualcosa is Italian for “from something.” It is my perspective of a fusion of contemporary classical and gospel/jazz music scored for clarinet, violin, cello, piano, and percussion.

The title informs both the derivation of material and the surface texture. This piece grapples with the concepts of cycles and emergence, for the seed material is the soulful tune in the middle of the piece by the clarinet. This tune was harmonized with extended tertian harmony, which serves as the isorhythmic color paired with a talea of freely improvised scat singing. Initially shrouded by forceful clusters, the triads escape transporting the listener to a place of peace and passion, all the while the scat lurks in the background as if to say even in peace there is tension and energy.