Blue cobalt 2021 – solo guitar
The title is inspired by the colour blue cobalt. Striking in intensity, this colour has an electric spirituality, alive with mystery and desire. Historically, used on ceramic and glass ware, this iconic pigment is the signature colour of China and Delftware. Intricate details of life scenes are depicted upon tiles and vases, capturing intimate moments in blue. Vivid blue moments provide the backdrop to the composition. The composer wrote the piece on a honky tonk piano in a vast ceramic workshop with giant windows where light streamed as though from a Vermeer painting, casting shadows across giant ceramic sculptures. The strange shapes and forms of the clay objects became animated with the music, as though dancing, transcending their cumbersome weight of stone, to become living nymphs and sprites in the changing light.