Commissioned by the Aspen Contemporary Ensemble, Sarah Kirkland Snider‘s Thread and Fray weaves aa single, meandering line that gradually fragments and breaks apart. Scored for bass clarinet, viola and marimba, the music is angular, dancing and lyrical. I personally love this instrumentation: it is rich, plaintive and sonorous. You can listen below and read more on her website:
Sarah Kirkland Snider
Recently deemed “one of the decade’s more gifted, up-and-coming modern classical composers” (Pitchfork) and “a potentially significant voice on the American music landscape” (David Patrick Stearns, Philadelphia Inquirer), composer Sarah Kirkland Snider writes music of direct expression and vivid narrative that has been hailed as “rapturous” (The New York Times), “haunting, piercing melancholy” (The Los Angeles Times), and “strikingly beautiful” (Time Out New York).
Since 2007 she has served as Co-Director, along with William Brittelle and Judd Greenstein, of New Amsterdam Records, a Brooklyn-based independent record label recently called “the focal point of the post-classical scene,” (Time Out New York) and “emblematic of an emerging generation” (The New York Times)