D.S.I.M.L. (2007)

for violin, piano and optional video

Dedicated to Darragh Morgan, Mary Dullea and Daithi Morgan
Commissioned by SAMRO Endowment for the National Arts
Bardic Edition Score and instrumental part: BD in preparation
Duration: c. 16'00"

Programme note

After the initial performances of Do you prefer red or white? Darragh morgan suggested a new work inspired by the peculiarly South African practice of driving slowly in the middle lane of the motorway and becoming a hazard in the process. The plan of D.S.I.M.L. was mapped from my daily route on the M1/N1 between Johannesburg and Pretoria, when I was working at the University of South Africa in 2007. Key landmarks on the route became changes of direction in the piece. Much of the piece is soft and dream-like, as if the players are sleepwalking - the violin often playing glacial harmonics, the piano liquid semiquaver passages in the high register - but regularly interrupted by disjunct Cecil Taylor-type textures. D.S.I.M.L. was commissioned by the SAMRO Endowment for the National Arts for Darragh Morgan and Mary Dullea.