‘In my dream I’m always running / to the place that’s out of you’

(Strings That Tie To You, Jon Brion).
Up and Away illustrates the desire to escape: a relentless movement upwards to freedom, away from reality. But there is no place to run to. Every ascent lands in the same place, a fun-house mirror where the one reflected is only distorted momentarily, but fundamentally cannot change. Stasis within motion, a hamster in a wheel: Up and Away confronts listeners with the constancy of being no matter how high they might fly or how far they might run.

  • Instrumentation: String Orchestra
  • Composed for: Nederlands Strijkers Gilde
  • Commissioned by: Fonds voor de Scheppende Toonkunst