Tom Flaherty – Internal States
Internal States reflects, as all music does, inner states that we all experience. “Doubt” hovers between two harmonic worlds. An unsettled texture breaks into consonant major/minor sonority with some frequency. Just as often it remains locked in a paralyzed isometric state, unsure of where to go. Searching solo lines sometimes find resolution, sometimes continue the search. Just when the music might blossom into a clear resolution it takes an unexpected turn and ends with a quiet truce. “Reverie” mingles cloudy textures with expressive solo lines in an often dark but ambiguous dreamscape. “Celebration,” dances. A lot.
Internal States was commissioned by Brightwork newmusic, whose expressive and virtuosic playing were a constant inspiration.
About Tom Flaherty
Tom Flaherty is a composer and cellist who works with music for humans and electronics. He earned degrees at Brandeis University, S.U.N.Y. Stony Brook, and the University of Southern California,…