for flute, clarinet, violin and cello (2022, 7 min.)
Cameron Cullen - flute
Alex Dergal - bass clarinet
Riana Heath - violin
Allen Liang - cello
Runner Up; iQ Test Collaboration 2022
In 2020 and 2021, I spent an extended amount of time in my hometown of Saint Paul, Minnesota where I lived through a true and bitter midwest winter for the first time in a long time. This experience inspired me to write a series of pieces that dealt with the imagery and sensations of winter, inflected by my particular memories of growing up in Minnesota. With Snow Fractals, I represent winter in a more modest and mellow way than some of my other snow works, which deal with a wider variety of emotions associated with the season. Instead, Snow Fractals freezes a moment in time, and in so doing cherishes both the hibernal beauty and bitterness within that single instance. In this way, the piece freezes time itself, preserving the characteristics of my childhood winters from the ongoing effects of climate change.
Snow Fractals was written in winter 2021 -2022, and was commissioned by and written for Loop38 with support from the Eric Stokes Fund. It is dedicated to Jacob Schafer.