“Waves” is a show that comes in many mature, musical layers but remains very simple. It’s simplicity is great because the show is clear and easy to convey with or without a ton of expensive props. The concept is brought to the floor through sonar pings, visual ripples, water droplets, ocean waves, and radio frequencies. Mvt. 1 is simply about sonar pings and ripples. Mvt. 2 is about attempting to tune in to match our frequencies with one another. Mvt. 3 is all about ocean waves as they crash on the shore. An optional ending includes giving your ensemble an opportunity to pull a giant, blue fabric over the ensemble as it roars across the floor and crashes down on the last note.
“Waves” was originally commissioned for La Quinta HS Percussion Ensemble (Westminster, CA) for the winter of 2014 in SCPA.