Rilke said: "Once the realization is accepted that even between the closest human beings infinite distances continue, a wonderful living side by side can grow, if they succeed in loving the distance between them which makes it possible for each to see the other whole against the sky." The strange act of writing a piece of music to accompany an image is a bit like Rilke's vision of love. Nothing can be translated perceptually. Yet the two art forms are like lovers: in the space between, new meaning is created.
ZOFO, the wonderful four-handed beast from SF will be performing a short work of mine entitled Night Sea (for Agnes) alongside other short works by composers from all over our planet. My particular piece accompanies Agnes Martin's Night Sea (1963) and tips its hat to my baby niece (also named Agnes), who came into this world just as I sat down at my desk to start sketching.