Catclaw Mimosa is my first composition for wind ensemble. The piece shares its name with an invasive species of shrub which has infested areas in American Southwest. It is mostly spiky but deceptively beautiful in parts. In approaching such a large ensemble, I decided to begin with a small amount of material. The piece begins with short groove – slowly expanding outward. The opening material heard in the saxes and low brass as a composite is repeated many times, but always with a slightly varied metrical context. Meanwhile, cliché 4/4 Rock patterns appear in a false tempo in the drum set. Like the invasive species, the motives in my piece begin as tiny seed-motives, interjected in the texture. Slowly they accrue and multiply until the ensemble is overtaken and forced into a sort of temporal wasteland.
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