Title: Tree Rings
Year Completed: 2016
Duration: 10+ minutes (depending on length of improvisation)
Instrumentation: Violin and Marimba
Credits: Commissioned by Land's End Chamber Music Society of Calgary for Dame Evelyn Glennie and John Lowry
Premiere: May 26, 2017 Bella Concert Hall, Calgary, Alberta

Purchase/Rent: Canadian Music Centre

Tree Rings muses on the life span of a tree. The music reflects yearly cycles through alternating sections of different, but related material—imagine the lifecycle of a tree sped up. The sections tend to get longer and longer as the piece progresses, perhaps analogous to the length of the rings as a tree ages. The music harnesses a range of emotions to reflect seasonal changes—storms, rain, drought, sun, etc. Tree rings is dedicated to Land's End Ensemble, John Lowry and Evelyn Glennie.

Links: Land’s End Chamber Music

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Full work — premiere performance.
Excerpt — premiere performance.