Feather and Groove is built from two distinct layers: a two-part dialogue for bass instruments and an extended melodic line for high instruments.
The title describes the layers: the groove is dark, obsessive, grinding and machine-like, while the melodic line drifts and floats above the bass layer like a feather. Occasionally the feather drifts down towards the groove, where it briefly connects, before moving on swiftly, resuming its distance.
CoMA commission Open Score 2008
The sample audio is from a recording by London Sinfonietta conducted by Gregory Rose on the album Open Score released by NMC. The album (NMC DL228) is available to purchase here.
The score for this work is included in the anthology Open Score: Contemporary Music for All (ISMN: 979-0-9002363-0-2) published by CoMA in 2016. More details