Title: Frost Under Fire
Year Completed: 2017
Duration: 11:30 mins
Instrumentation: cello and piano
Credits: Commissioned by the Cheng2 Duo
Premiere: Cheng2 Duo, National Art Gallery, June 2017
Frost Under Fire explores the relationship between permafrost (ground frozen for more than 2 years) and forest fires.The music seeks to evoke the cyclic nature of the summer fires and winter freeze. Scientific research is beginning to reveal more about the links between these two naturally phenomena. Forest fires are a normal part of the sub-Arctic ecosystem, but the extreme fires that have occurred in recent years may be contributing to accelerated permafrost melting.This sense of acceleration is brought to life in Frost Under Fire through in a kaleidoscopic musical journey.