The idea of Rituals came about in 2007, when Dr. Angela Rowland, a founding member of the Macau Chamber Orchestra in Macau, proposed an idea to write a piece for piccolo and percussion inspired by the popular Chinese lion dance. I adopted the idea, and incorporate other urban scenes that I have encountered in New York City, to create this three-movement piece. Rituals was commissioned by the Walden School, for the Firebird Ensemble, Boston. 

Percussion Instrumentation:

  • Small slide whistle
  • Domestic ceramic cup
  • Woodblock (medium)
  • Brake drum
  • Flexaton
  • Small Beijing Gong
  • Cowbell
  • Bongos (2)
  • Hi-hat
  • Snare drum
  • Kick drum