On October 23, 25, and 26, at GK Arts Center in DUMBO, Brooklyn, I’ll be premiering one of my most ambitious works to date. The music is a five-movement ballet score for chamber orchestra called Études sur les glaciers, and was created as part of a three-way collaboration between choreographer Troy Schumacher, whose innovative company BalletCollective is commissioning the work, and the brilliant visual artist Zaria Forman. Zaria’s work involves reproducing aerial photographs of Arctic and Antarctic terrain in pastel drawings. Her art is a study in contradiction, with seemingly frozen images (literally and figuratively) revealing themselves to be filled with great motion and activity, the lines and gestures of the ice reflecting massive movements across great distances. Hanging over the seemingly timeless images is the threat of impermanence caused by climate change. Troy and I were deeply inspired by Zaria’s work, and have created a five-movement work that incorporates Zaria’s imagery in innovative fashion, while standing as its own reflection of the themes inherent in her work’s subject. The Knights will perform the score, and I feel it’s one of my most personally important musical creations, and part of an extremely special collaboration. So I hope you’ll join me.