David Werfelmann: A Havoc Wrought

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David Werfelmann on "A HAVOC WROUGHT"

One of the more peculiar experiences of being a resident of Los Angeles is the fire season that threatens parts of the city each year. A particularly striking experience was the Station Fire of 2009 that burned the year I moved to LA. This deadly fire could be seen at night from the heart of the city as its red glare snaked across the San Gabriel Mountains. And though the foreboding blaze worked havoc in monstrous proportions, I saw a kind of beauty that can only be found in something so ravenous and destructive. A Havoc Wrought is a piece about this experience. The work ignites in unison in starts and stops until it gains momentum as it spreads into five independent voices before it eventually consumes itself into a slow, disquieted viola solo. The embers still burn however, and just as the brush fires of Southern California spawn new flames, the piece runs a course of fiery destruction.

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from Made in California, released October 28, 2013

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Founded in Santa Barbara, California in early 2012, the Now Hear Ensemble is a unique combination of double bass, percussion, clarinet, viola, and saxophone, who’s primary goal is the premier of new works by emerging composers.

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