Violent Tender (2017)
for percussion quartet
performed by the University of Washington Percussion Ensemble
commissioned and premiered at soundSCAPE, Maccagno, Italy, 2017
when political violence parades around like adult civility,
when aggression is normalized,
how achingly empty is the sound of something pure?
in a rare moment of beauty, innocence, joy, must its purity be obscured by the echoes of violence?
can tenderness do violence to violence?