Year composed: 2017
Instrumentation: solo mezzo-soprano, fixed media (pre-recorded sound on CD or mp3 player), and optional percussion (crystal wine glass)
Duration (approx.): 3′
Commissioned by Megan Ihnen on behalf of Shaya Bendix-Lyon for the Sleep Songs Project.
The voice is arguably the most intimate instrument there is, and singing unburdened by the semantics of text further amplifies this intimacy. This intimacy, coupled by the warmth and fire of a sunset at dusk, the emergence of stars in a blue-velvet sky over a sleepy landscape, and the heaviness of your eyelids as you rest your head to sleep as a burning mind lays itself to rest, are some of the images, moods, and feelings I tried to capture in VEIL.