I wrote The Spaces Between as an exploration of textural combinations in a serene space. The primary intent of the piece is to encourage the audience to treat the various individual percussive instruments not as their own distinct lines but instead as a versatile solo instrument that is performing a (mostly) singular idea.
The piece is heavily influenced by the concept that in the hustle of our every day lives that rapidly moves from one moment to the next, we forget to take a step back and enjoy the spaces between those moments, that the journey itself is as important if not more important than the journey’s beginning and end.
The Spaces Between was commissioned by the Portland Percussion Group for nienteForte Contemporary Music’s 10th Season.
Two 5-octave marimbas
The piece requires six bass bows.