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Haze (or: a forest on Pluto) is a work for piano trio, composed in early 2021 in rural Rheinland-Pfalz, Germany.

The concept for Haze grew out of the foggy nature trails surrounding the villages of Salmtal, Dreis, and Esch (Rheinland-Pfalz) - where sometimes visibility stopped at no more than a few metres ahead of you. Inspired by the harmonic structures of Dani Howard and Nico Muhly, textures and melodies waver in and out in an unpredictable fashion: unsure, fleeting, whispering. Perhaps the figment of a something dashes out from the fog - as if a jumpscare, for the briefest of moments - only to sequester itself into the forest again.

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

'Haze (or: a forest on Pluto)' was first workshopped and premiered by the Fidelio Trio at Royal Holloway, University of London, as part of an initiative run by Royal Birmingham Conservatoire in April 2021. The piece was subsequently performed by the Mutiara Piano Trio in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, as part of the UiTM Tunku Zain Piano Trio Competition at Universiti Teknologi MARA / klpac, where it placed as runner-up.
Violin -
Darragh Morgan
Cello - Tim Gill
Piano - Mary Dullea

Recorded by Fidelio Trio on 10 April 2021.


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