Uplifted

Flute, Clarinet, Saxophone, and Woodblocks

Uplifted

(2020)

Instrumentation:

Flute

Clarinet

Saxophone

Woodblocks (2)

Duration:

ca" 3:10

Performer(s):

KiMani Bridges, Flute

Teddy Abrams, Clarinet 

Adam McCord, Saxophone

Matt Hawkins, Woodblocks

Terry O'Mahoney, Woodblocks

*commissioned by the Festival of Faiths as part of the 25th Annual Festival of Faiths

Uplifted (2020) is a quintet that takes you on a journey of highs and lows; starting from a dark place and moving towards happiness. The piece uses hand percussion (clapping, stomping, and snapping), a wide range of dynamics, and the extended technique of

singing and playing. The piece opens with a somber solo for the flute. As the tempo

accels, the other instruments join in and begin to lift up the down mood. Uplifted

was written as a reflection of the composer’s feelings during the first few weeks of quarantine.