Thoughts on composing “Aberfan”

Everything about Aberfan has been compelled.  From the first arrangement of my mother’s song in 2002 to the full length modern piece it is now.

And through it, the compression of a lifetime into one composition.  Right now, 43 minutes long.  Every time it is played it will be different.

An evolution of my love of language, born out of an inability to speak, into that realm where vibrations themselves undulate and words are the same as waves in music.

Aberfan (7 pianos, percussion, voice and tools of rescue) is a sponsored project of New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA), a 501(c)(3), tax-exempt organization.  We went into the studio to begin recording this past month for the first time.  All donations help ensure we can create this recording.

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