Concerning EPHEMERON the composer offers the following comment: "My concern was with vanishing characters which find life through, by, and as rhythm. They are gradually separated into movements contrasted by the type of measure applied – even measure, irregular, as well as their combinations. Separation is also applied by orchestra color. The even measured character is brought to its culmination by the winds and percussion reiterating a harshly attacked sound. The arrival points thus formed lead to a synthesis of the total orchestral mass. These advents are the least ephemeral and most substantially durable sound areas in the work. To me, this composition is a fleeting vision of music as form."
Composer's note: Deep beneath the surface of the Pacific lie hydrothermal vents that spew scalding water, laced with toxic minerals and gases, onto the near-freezing ocean floor. In the pitch-black depths, giant tube worms grow to a length of eight feet, protected from the harsh conditions by a tough outer shell. Having no mouth and no digestive tract, they host bacteria that convert minerals into food. The bacteria in turn receive food from the worm's blood-filled plumes, which exchange carbon dioxide, hydrogen sulfide, and other compounds with the seawater. A worm has no eyes, but somehow it can sense vibrations, which cause it to retract the plume into its shell. Imagine that you are hearing these vibrations.