For Melinda Rice is a violin piece with two layers. The first features a collection of written materials that Melinda improvised with. The written materials all have a specific type of function or application within the piece. These improvisations take place atop multi-track recordings of the violin which create a droning “super-instrument”.

The piece also represents a huge leap in my development of an individual approach to scales and melody, featuring materials slowly derived from a long study of extended modal systems, bitonality, and polychords.

This recording is from violinist Melinda Rice’s live performance on Jan 22, 2006.

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