speckle premiere performance by the ICE ensemble, at the 2016 Mostly Mozart Festival, Lincoln Center
michael lormand, trombone; gareth flowers, trumpet; joshua modney, violin; nathan davis, percussion
speckle (2016), for ICE
amplified trumpet, trombone, violin, and percussion

Like the spots on an egg shell, coffee spills on a piece of paper, or construction work echoing through the city, “speckles” are delicate patterns that seem to create a sense of depth, hovering within their material. They are irregular formations, always part of something bigger, products of some organic process — rust, patina, mold, feathers, splatter — sometimes considered noise, or aesthetically as a kind of off-center balance. In the piece, speckled sounds move in speckled time, interacting with speckled places.