return to Compositions
3rd Concerto for Tabla and Percussion Quartet:

I departed from the traditional tabla solo form in this work, to explore a more seamless connection between the soloist and the ensemble. There are no fixed compositions in this work, but rather a focus on theme and variation compositions, especially laggi, a type of composition typically used in light classical music. Towards the end of this work, a most curious tension arises as there are two laharas cycling at the same time at a ratio of 7:8. The tabla player bounces back and forth between the two rhythmic strata, creating variations upon a theme at both levels. This polyrhythmic tension is eventually resolved as the lahara in 7 joins the lahara in 8. This work is dedicated to Michael Udow.