A Crab, A Quill (2021) sonically explores the painting The Naturalist by Victor Grasso wherein an octopus, perched patiently upon a tree trunk, holds many mysterious objects in its tentacles. I viewed this painting in-person for the first time several years ago, and it has been a sticky memory for me ever since: Why is this octopus here? What is it thinking? Why has it come to shore clutching a crab, a quill, a kettle, a teacup, and an axe? A Crab, A Quill examines each of the octopus' objects and attemps to answer these questions in music. Thank you to Diversify the Stand for commissioning this work and for amplifying underrepresented voices in order to build a more inclusive educational repertoire.
Commissioned by Diversify the Stand for Winds of Change. Full collection of 12 solos for solo euphonium, horn, trombone, trumpet, and tuba are available on Diversify the Stand's website.