When Hexnut asked me to write a new piece for their program WRENCH, I immediately said yes very loudly. WRENCH was a project of the ensemble Hexnut together with the photographs of Edward Burtynsky. The performance consisted of new compositions performed in a tightly versed integration of sound and projected image.
I picked out a series of photographs on which Chinese workers assemble or prepare consumer goods, in endless rows. It would have been obvious to write fast machine music. But instead I made slow pacing music, on I Know a Man: a prose-like poem with mysterious midphrase line breaks by the poet American Robert Creeley. That calm pace with blank spaces was the basis for my song.
Mezzo-soprano Soprano recorder Bass flute Trumpet Piano / Harpsichord
Written at the request of Hexnut ensemble, with financial support of the Fonds Podiumkunsten.
Premiered by Hexnut, September 7, 2011, in the Vredenburg Leeuwenbergh, Utrecht.