Air Glow 2006/2018

Air Glow (2006)

for trumpet ensembles and electronics, guitar
Duration: 11 mins

Listen to the Recording: Released on 01-08-2016 New Focus.

Duration: 15 mins
— for trumpet ensemble with electronics

Commissioned by the Festival of New Trumpet

First Performance at FONT, NYC, Sep 2006

Commissioned by the New Trumpet Festival

Studio recording of the piece can be heard from album, Dinosaur Scar.

About the Work

First Performance: New Trumpet Festival

CD information

AIR GLOW is a 2019 GRAMMY nomination in the category of the Best Classical Contemporary Composition. Composer: Du Yun. Performer: International Contemporary Ensemble Live performance of the work from Du Yun Composer Portrait Concert at the Miller Theatre. Air Glow was commissioned by Festival of New Trumpet Music in 2006, for 5 trumpets and laptops, and I added the electric gutiar/e. bass for the 2018 edition. Studio recording of the piece can be heard from album, Dinosaur Scar. Album on Spotify:…


August 16, 2016
by Grego Applegate for Gapplegate Classical-Modern Music Review

It is called Overtures to Bach (Pentatone Oxingale Series 5186 561), and fittingly so. The Prelude movements from Bach’s six Suites for Solo Cello form the cornerstone of the album. Each of the Preludes are wondrously performed, but as a kind of answer to six newly composed cello solo works meant to pay homage to and comment upon the essence of the solo cello Bach.

So we get modern yet absorbingly timeless works by Philip Glass, Du Yun, Vijay Iyer, Roberto Sierra, David Sanford and Luna Pearl Woolf. Many of the works make rather extraordinary technical demands on Haimowitz and of course he is very much up for the challenge. But then a proper interpretation of the Preludes demands no less.

Once you relax your expectations and listen with naked ears it all becomes a part of a whole, of Bach and what he brings to us today, of modern contemporary works today and how they channel Bach in contrasting fashions. The modern works were written, especially commissioned for this project and so enjoy their world premiere recordings.

After a few listens everything flows together marvelously. It’s another considerable feather in the Haimovitz cap. He is one of those special forces on the contemporary scene and as usual he gets you to hear differently while also bringing to us his unparalleled musicality.

For those who love Bach and/or for those firmly involved in new music listening, this one is a most fascinating revelation. I wholeheartedly recommend it.

Perhaps they do not have the same effervescence as the old masters – but in Haimovitz’s hands, they are radiant nonetheless.

September 2016