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2001 Works

nylon lunula

for guitar solo

The importance of the finger-nail in classical guitar performance cannot be under-estimated. A guitarist must take great care to shape the nail appropriately, the resulting interaction with the string being the main determinant of articulation and tone. When I was young I discovered that numerous coats of a nylon-fortified nail-polish did great things for my tone. Often guitarists will go to elaborate measures to repair their nails if damaged before a gig, occasionally resulting in grotesque hybrids of nail and acrylic bonded with cyanoacrylate. I imagine this interaction of the synthetic with the organic as parallel to the interaction of creative-intent with six strings, four fingers, and four finger-nails.

the square perfected has no corner

for percussion quartet

This work aspires to anti-development and anti-lyric, to textural and formal circumvolution. The title is transliterated from Lao Tzu.

Ariza with KIOKU

Christopher Ariza performing live electronics with KIOKU. More information.