I composed Dream Spiral in 1999 especially for Alaria Chamber Ensemble (Yuri Yodovoz, violin, and Nancy Garneiz, piano with guest artist Doris Hall-Gulati, clarinet) . I had heard the three musicians rehearse together, and had their particular sound and personalities in mind when I began to compose. The diverse moods of the piece intertwine the pianist’s considerable gift for creating color and nuance, the violinist’s intensely poetic side, and the clarinetist’s mercurial personality with its virtuosic changes of mood. After the work was completed I realized that its episodic structure recalled the return to familiar physical, emotional, spiritual, and psychic landscapes after being transformed by life experiences. Each return seems to be at a different level, and each has the quality of a memory or a parallel universe. The piece as a whole seems like a large dream which builds in intensity as it goes deeper, with the characters changing as a result of their unexpected arrivals in different times and places.
Selected Performances of Dream Spiral:
Premiere: May 6, 1999, Alaria Chamber Ensemble, Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall, NYC