return to Compositions
 

Rohan

I composed Rohan (2013) for my friend Rohan Krishnamurthy. Rohan is a mridangam virtuoso, composer, scholar, inventor, teacher, and all-around amazing person. I structured the piece in the time-honored rondo form, with a refrain that comes back several times in which the entire ensemble plays unison figures based on a drum pattern Rohan sent me. In between these refrains the ensemble plays a backing role to the solo drummer, who improvises solos at various rhythmic levels.

—Payton MacDonald, 2013