As I worked on this piece, images of falling, floating,
and flying often came across my computer monitor. Stunning videos of Felix
Baumgartner’s recent jump from space, the second stage of a rocket falling from
edge of space into the ocean, and people jumping off cliffs in wing suits were
in the back of my mind as I began the piece. The fascinating and unprecedented
video of a giant squid swimming in its natural habitat was released as the
All these images seem to have woven themselves into the
texture of the piece; many of the musical gestures fall or float. On the other
hand, the pitches, rhythms and sounds of the music itself often turn to
All the electronic sounds are fairly simple manipulations
of toy piano samples. Most of the pitches in the piece come from the first
chord in the piano part.
Airdancing is dedicated to Nadia Shpachenko and Genevieve
Feiwen Lee. Their artistry is the real inspiration for the piece.