Still, In Motion (Live recording of the premiere) by erichonour published on 2013-02-25T20:30:13Z Premeired on April 28, 2012 in Kansas City by newEar. Lyra Pherigo, flute Thomas Aber, bass clarinet Mark Lowry, percussion Robert Pherigo, piano Anne-Marie Brown, violin Lawrence Figg, violoncello Steven Davis, conductor (Eric Honour, computer) When newEar commissioned this piece, they told me that the theme of the concert would be centered around the "road trip." That immediately sparked a series of associations for me. I spend a significant proportion of my time on the road, commuting to and from work, and it is a rare year that does not find my family and I taking two or three multi-day road trips here and there. I am fascinated by the hypnotic glamour of long drives, and by the many paradoxes that confront us when we travel by car. Chief among these are the strange dichotomies of moving quickly while sitting still, and of roaming free while strapped tight to a chair. The feeling of rushing forward while the scenery never changes – readily experienced on many road trips and perhaps exemplified by much of the road between Kansas City and Denver – inspired the central section of this piece, which alternates timeless, floating, slowly developing webs of sound with jagged, fast-paced music. The latter, marked "rest stop, scherzoid" in the score, highlights another traveler's paradox: the most one gets to move about during a road trip is in those times when the car finally stops.