Live performance at the Bang on a Can Summer Festival, July 28, 2014.
Instrumentation: bass clarinet, cello, contrabass, electric guitar, piano, percussion
Duration: 6 minutes
World Premiere: July 28, 2014. Bang on a Can Summer Festival, North Adams, Massachusetts.
Balance of Power pits the opposing forces of noise and harmony against each other. On the noisy side, the ensemble plays an array of percussive sounds in interlocking rhythms. On the side of harmony is a slow-moving chord progression based on a low C drone. These two forces engage in a delicate balancing act, sometimes moving in parallel to each other and at other times playing directly off of one another.