Title: The Rest of Night
Year Completed: 2015
Instrumentation: Double Bass and Clarinet
Credits: Commissioned by GroundSwell, supported by the NWT Arts Council
Premiere: Micah Heilbrunn (Clarinet) and Meredith Johnson (Double Bass)
From mid-April to mid-August, the sun still sets in Yellowknife, Northwest Territories, but dips only briefly under the horizon before rising back up. At this latitude (62°N), the short hours between sunset and sunrise move through three kinds of twilight - civil, nautical and astronomical - each with different qualities of hue and luminosity. The twilight lasts for the rest of the night until the sun begins to climb again, giving the impression that the night is gone - perhaps sleeping, resting, perhaps dreaming of its return at the end of summer.
The Rest of Night is connected to patterns and shapes found in data about the changes in light and darkness during this period, as well as sonic impressions of the quality of different luminosities and colours from this time of year.