no. 31

Haze (or a forest on Pluto)

Haze (or a forest on Pluto) (2021)

Inspired by the foggy nature trails surrounding Rheinland-Pfalz, 'Haze (or a forest on Pluto)' was composed in the winter of 2020-21 in rural Germany, in the height of the COVID-19 pandemic. Textures and melodies waver in and out, meandering around each other; unsure, fleeting, whispering. The fog remains thick throughout.

'Haze' was workshopped and subsequently performed by the Fidelio Trio, facilitated by Royal Birmingham Conservatoire.

In November 2021, 'Haze' was selected as finalist in UiTM's Tunku Zain piano trio competition, with a subsequent international performance at klpac, Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia).

Score and parts are available on request.

Programme note

Some alternate titles for this piece include:
Do you think that under the thick blue atmosphere of Neptune there could be an alien tropical
rainforest?
I’ve spent nearly three months under a thick brain fog
on Pluto there’s a heart of poisoned ice
Storm cloud jumpscare.
I’ve had coffee alone in a lot of places I didn’t feel safe
This is a piece structured around a forest trail I walked in rural Germany on a particularly foggy
day. I couldn’t see more than two metres in front of me, but despite the fog my mind felt the
clearest it had been all year. In any case I didn’t want to overtly write about nature because that’s
a walking cliche at this point
fogbound (working title that I hated)
clouds -> consciousness -> storm -> unconsciousness
How do you get inspired when the world offers nothing to be inspired by?
all I’ve been looking for is escapism in the fog