This piece was composed for the New European Ensemble and the Kroumata Percussion Ensemble. I was commissioned to compose a piece with the same instrumentation as Boulez’s famous “Le marteau sans maître”, “Aromates chasseurs” also reflects the surrealist sensibility of René Char’s poetry and seeks to be refreshing compliment to both of these classic references.
Musically this piece explores connections between pitched and non-pitched percussive sounds as well as other instrumental sonorities. This piece used the sounds of a number of ordinary household-materials and placed them into a musical context that was quite out-the-ordinary. In turn, related percussive and pitched timbres were combined with well-crafted counterpoint, varied textures and a flowing gestural language.
GF – 2012