Caeli for string quartet is inspired by my own experiences of observing the natural phenomena of specular reflection, specifically in regard to sunlight on a body of water’s surface that is sometimes referred to as “sun glitter”. The concept of temporally fragile moments juxtaposed with the visual strength of these reflections inspired me to consider ways in which I can recreate a similar effect with sonic material. In regard to form and structure, the piece takes inspiration from the abstract paintings of Gina Parr, in particular her 2016 “the intelligence of feeling” series. These paintings take scattered bursts of intense density and present them episodically on flat canvas juxtaposed by airy and delicate streams of flowing oil, acrylic, and charcoal. Caeli for string quartet is my exploration of these ideas through sound and time.
Written for and performed by JACK Quartet.