Players: (2) vibraphone, kick drum, snare drum, 3 tom toms, ride cymbal, hi-hat
(dedicated to Rashaad Greene, written for GreeneShark Duo)
“Skywire” was written in 2017 and revised in 2018. This piece was premiered at the Blair School of Music on April 7th, 2018 by the GreeneShark Duo (Clark Hubbard + Rashaad Greene). This piece is dedicated to Rashaad Greene for being a great musician and friend.
Compositionally, “Skywire” is written as a multi-percussion duo. One of the multi-percussion setups would be the components of a drum kit, and the other setup would be a vibraphone. While the drum kit is already a multi-percussion setup, writing for vibraphone in this manner was new and exciting. While there is still certainly a melodic and harmonic shape to “Skywire,” it was fun to write for and perform vibraphone where, conceptually, each bar is a unique instrument, and they all happen to have similar timbres.
The image on the cover of this piece is of a sculpture hanging above the streets outside of the Astrup Fearnley Museum of Modern Art in Oslo, Norway.