C O M E S A N D G O E S (2022)
for solo percussion and electronics
Performed by Daniel Barsetti-Nerland
The saying "It comes and goes in waves" is one that I often think about. So many things in life come and go, often without reason. When we feel grief or hurt or overwhelm, it can take our breath away and pull the rug out from underneath us. When we feel intense happiness, creativity, or inspiration, it can catch us off guard and continue to ebb and flow at different rates. I had recently experienced grief that came and had gone so powerful, that I felt the need to understand it; to take it apart and put it back together in one of the only ways I know how.
In Comes and Goes I attempted to create the experience perceptually of sound washing through the audience unpredictably, surrounded by moments of calm in between. The gestures travel from the soloist at the front of the hall to the back of the hall, before circling and enveloping the listener. It is recommended that listeners sit towards the center of the hall to have the most immersive experience.