clarinet, piano, violin, and cello
Loud Music for Quiet Places explores the rhythms of the Afro-Caribbean “Bomba” but out of their original context. The genre in its traditional form, is only played with drums, singers and dancers that improvise. The music can be extremely fast and the sound from the drums is an extremely visceral, with loudness being one of the key elements of the experience.
For this piece I decided to decontextualize these elements that make the Bomba music so aggressive by putting them in a really intimate and quiet set-ting, until they can no longer contain their loudness.