Steve Lehman: Impossible Flow (2011)

  • Performance Date: 2011
  • Season: 2010-11
  • Composer Name: Steve Lehman
  • Composer Dates: b. 1978
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Composer's Notes

In Impossible Flow, delicate and highly nuanced spectral harmonies are integrated into a series of meticulously crafted rhythmic environments. Expressive timing, compound meter, rubato phrasing, changing tempi, irrational rhythms, and instrumental gesture are treated as a seamless continuum designed to explore the psychology of musical time and its connection to the elision of timbre and harmony in spectral music. Imagining all four movements of Impossible Flow in this way, I hope to create an elaborate sense of directionality and form that remains rooted in the physicality of live performance and the corporeal nature of urban rhythmic sensibilities.