Instrumentation: Full Orchestra (3(picc).3(eh).3(bass).3(cbsn)-22.214.171.124-timp-3 perc-pno-harp-strings)
Duration: ca. 9:00
Premiere: March 31, 2009 :: University of Michigan Symphony Orchestra :: Hill Auditorium, Ann Arbor, MI
The title for Dance the Dream Awake was taken from a lyric by jazz singer Kurt Elling, entitled Night Dream, from his 2001 album, Live In Chicago. Night Dream is a note–for–note transcription of the famous composition (and recorded performance) Night Dreamer by jazz saxophonist Wayne Shorter. Elling sings his impressive homage to Shorter, acrobatically and elegantly weaving his lyrics together with Shorter’s dazzling melodies. I chose to use this lyric as a launching point for my own work, which is, in a way, also an homage to the numerous jazz artists and to the music of film noir that have inspired me and my work as a composer.