Suite is a collection of three pieces for solo guitar,
each in a different tuning. Scordatura tunings provide
a much greater diversity of harmonic and contrapuntal
possibilities on the guitar, an instrument which has
a large, but limited, number of intervallic combinations
available to the left hand. By altering the tuning of
the instrument, different chords and voicings become
possible that would not be otherwise, and I find that
the different tunings help me to think outside
the box of what my hands might end up doing naturally
as I improvise. The interplay between improvisation and
composition turned out to be a crucial part in the creative
process of these pieces, and the performer is encouraged
to take certain liberties with particular passages and
expressive elements of the score in performance.
spite of having studied the classical guitar seriously for
a number of years, these pieces are somehow deeply connected
to my early experiences as a rock guitarist. The guitar represents
a very intuitive and physical side of my music making, while
my ensemble works, which I hope are no less visceral, grow
out of ideas and expressions of sound that I hear internally.
It is my hope that by somehow combining these two different
creative approaches, I will ultimately come to a deeper and more
personal musical language as a composer.