This piece is a departure from my I Am the Canary series. (I wonder if it might be part of a new series, I Am the Bull....)
I wrote it while preparing to play music in the upcoming improv show Tarantula at the Institution Theater, which is based on improv alternately described as "organic," "dynamic" or "dreamlike." I was invited to play in it by a cast member who heard my recent music and thought it'd be a good fit.
This piece brings to mind a primitive but somehow functional character like the muppet Animal: What would happen if after eating his drums he decided to take up the piano?
It also makes me think of trance mask work and the kind of characters that show up there: adult human animals with one screw missing such that they require handlers, like Animal in his chain.
It seems to me likely to be hard to believe that a piece like this ends up having a solid internal structure but on a musical level I believe it does; despite the craziness harmonically there's a strong melodic concept throughout and a tight narrative structure.
It's one of the most deeply personal things I've ever done and a bit hard to share.