For Orchestra (advanced). 18 minutes. First performed in 2014.
Commissioned by the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, this 3-movement work takes its launching point from a painting by Australian artist Matthew Quick.
The painting in turn is inspired by the 1992 event when nearly 29,000 bath toys fell from a ship travelling from Hong Kong to USA.
In essence, the work explores the environmental issues surrounding the North Pacific Garbage Patch or Trash Vortex, and uses musical themes to depict a narrative as well as explore musical sonorities that align with plastics and their disintegration in the ocean’s five (possibly now six) garbage patches.
Commissioned by The Melbourne Symphony Orchestra together with the Albert H Maggs Prize Award for the MSO Up Close and Musical Program.