now i know

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year: 2007       instrumentation: Javanese gamelan; solo B-flat clarinet      duration: 6'

commissioned by: Gamelan Padhang Moncar

premiered: 12th Yogyakarta Gamelan Festival July 2007

released on: Now I Know: New Music for Gamelan and Winds

programme note: The title is a play on an initial misunderstanding over the name of the clarinet soloist for whom, along with Gamelan Padhang Moncar, the work was written – was Andrzej’s surname Knowicki, or Nowicki? I am grateful to Jack Body for commissioning the work and, through its writing and rehearsals, taking me on a long detour outside my comfort zone, into a world of communal music making and collaboration that is so much more immediate and enveloping than the more aloof composer/performer relationship that I am accustomed to. Thanks also to Andrzej Nowicki for having the courage to explore the limits of the de-tuned clarinet, to Gareth Farr and Yudane for putting together the opening and the ensemble for its hours of dedicated rehearsal, much of it in the uncomfortable heat of Java.