The Stone Tapestry creates a mythical, magical, unknown experience around nature, with a mixture of ritualistic performance, sonic patterns, slippery sounds, and surprising and strange beauty. All of this takes place with a stretched sense of time.
“A lot of what attracts me to this kind of writing is the idea of the unknown, or of things that exist beyond the edges of comprehension.” – Jeff Herriott
Movement 1: Clouds of Stone
for sextet and electronics – 15 minutes
flute, vibraphone, pipes, crystal glasses, and crotales
Movement 2: Between the Sun and the Shade
for duo and electronics – 4 minutes
contrabass or bass flute and glass bowls
Overall, the piece was conceived as a collage, almost like separate chapters in a narrative, but with large jumps in time between each chapter.
In some cases, performers are imagined as discovering or describing an ancient myth, while in others they are participants in the myth itself, with meaning unearthed through ritualistic patterns.
The elements from which the composer draws his inspiration are:
Patterns in nature – connections between things being formed on their own
Extreme calm and stillness juxtaposed against intense activity
Slow movements, like wind blowing or leaves rustling
Long spans of time as the earth changes
Movement 5: Consciousness Floats into the Wind
for duo and electronics – 10 minutes
flute and vibraphone
Consciousness Floats into the Wind is the central movement of the work and serves as the focal point for many of the piece’s larger ideas.
Movement 6: Wanderer Hymn
for solo and electronics – 6 minutes
contrabass and/or bass flute
All of this occurs alongside human ritualistic behavior within natural environments – such as people building things from stone, participating in religious ceremonies, or journeying across the earth.
Movement 7: Purification of the Stone
for percussion quintet – 5 minutes
gongs, pipes, and stones dropped into a bucket of water
Movement 8: Lament of the Stone
for sextet – 6 minutes
alto flute, 2 vibraphones, cymbals, and stones dropped into a bucket of water
“It’s important to me that the work is left open-ended and unexplained. Although at some deeper level I hope the piece contributes to a greater appreciation of nature and our earth, as well as serving as a reminder to slow down, I also want to leave it open so that listeners can find whatever they want and make their own connections between the titles, the sounds, the images, and the performance. The titles, gestures, and ideas were intentionally specific enough to draw connections between things, but not intended to create any specific meaning.”
Movement 9: Draping the Walls with Ice
for percussion quartet – 3:30 minutes
crystal glasses or bowls, crotales, and electronics