Title: Observing the Ph(r)ase
Performer: Ensemble Recherche
Instrumentation: Instrumental Octet
Premier: September 21, 2013 - Morat Institute, Freiburg, Germany
Program Notes:
Inspired by the Chinese Buddhist practice prevalent in the Song dynasty of observing paradoxical phrases - the most famous being the Mu-koan: A monk asked Master Chao-chou, "Has a dog Buddha Nature or not?" Chao-chou said, "Mu!"
I attempted to create musical phrases such that musical gesture, rhetoric and ambient situations are juxtaposed and possibly simultaneously presented.

"this is warm snow"
Anthony Tans "Observing the Ph(r)ase" ist explosiv, es pfeift, donnert, zwitschert, grollt im Ensemble, das durch plastische Klanggebung und inspirierte Interpretation überzeugt.
Badische Zeitung
Observing the Ph(r)ase