Aerial Roots for solo violin and electronics

Timothy Page

Aerial Roots is a site-specific adaptation and preview of a solo concert piece for violin, video, and electronic sounds I am composing for Finnish virtuoso violinist Eriikka Maalismaa. Among the sound sources for the work’s electronics are field recordings I gathered in Hong Kong in late February 2022, a historical moment in which silence following political upheaval coincided the with peak of the catastrophic fifth wave of the pandemic.  It was possible, for example, to record the creaking of bamboo swaying lightly in the wind in the village of Wu Kau Tang, with nearly zero intrusion from the ambient urban soundscape. For me this period conjured images of Hong Kong returning to a state of nature.