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For any instrumentation or number of performers (minimum of two recommended)
8 mins

Commissioned by the Bruce & Hilde Howden American Commissioning Project for the 2023 Music from Angel Fire Festival in Celebration of the 40th Anniversary. Dedicated to Tara Helen O'Connor, Danny Phillips & M.f.A.F

World premiere on August 23, 2023 by the musicians of Music from Angel Fire, in Angel Fire, NM

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“Portal” was inspired by the landscapes and energy of New Mexico, particularly the towns of Santa Fe, Taos, and Angel Fire. Every drive between these eternal townships, and every hike or run through the hills and mountains felt as if there were mystical forces emitting boosts of intense energy and inspiration. The culmination of dizzying altitudes, mesmerizing landscapes, exciting musicians, and perpetual portals to other dimensions (at least in my mind) all contributed to this piece.

“Portal” may be performed by any combination or number of instruments and performers. It is encouraged that the musicians make it their own by exploring individualized timbres, articulations, dynamics, and orchestrations, while possibly incorporating moments of subtle improvisations.

The world premiere of “Portal” was performed by the 18 amazing musicians for the 40th Anniversary of Music from Angel Fire, directed by Tara Helen O’Connor and Danny Phillips in 2023.