" Teoton "
Concerto for sheng and orchestra
The work has four movements: Fever, Adrift, Game, and Bliss.
Always eager to conquer new territories, and after already having written some dozen works for accordion, I found it fascinating to delve deep into the world of its great-grandfather - the sempiternal sheng - and I was fortunate enough to have the initiation to the instrument by the grand master itself, Wu Wei, whose zeal, amazing skills, and deep understanding of music of all ages were an endless source of inspiration for me.
I have systematically refrained from providing my works with programme notes aka listening instructions, because important in a musical work are not the thoughts of the composer but the thoughts the music incites in the listeners and the small personal enlightenments they may lead them to. However eloquent my comments might be, they would only narrow the listener's focus, obscure alternative interpretations and thus discourage the listener from experiencing the music purely on his or her own terms. I trust the music to speak best for itself – when the creator keeps out of the way.