Appalachian Awakening is an extended piece that expresses my love of the Appalachian Mountains. The Rockies are beautifully majestic, but there is a deep-rooted soul in the Appalachians that speaks to me. The idea for this music came to me when I was hiking in West Virginia. I was not intending to think about a new piece of music; however, all of a sudden I heard the opening of the bossa nova in my mind and it expressed the beauty of the surrounding mountains. Recorded by David Arivett.
This is a highly unusual composition in how it combines bossa nova and fiddle music. The two sections were composed as one piece, with the fiddle unexpectedly emerging from the bossa nova.
The mid-size ensemble score is for soloist (ideally, violin), 5 wind instruments, and rhythm section. Flexible instrumentation is used to enable the music to be played by many combinations of instruments. Mid-Size Ensemble describes the concepts I used in this piece.