is in two movements: a lush Arioso (6') and a
jazzy Scherzo (6') using many exotic string sounds
including the composer's innovative "peckzicatto"
technique. Signs of Life
II adds an Allegro first movement (3'30")
to create a three-movement work. Signs
of Life is recorded by the Alabama
Symphony. The first movement (Don't Tread) is
recorded separately by the Colorado Symphony string
ensemble. The complete work and various movements
have had hundreds of performances in the U.S.
rare ability to entice listeners without writing
down to them . . . deftly scored . . . invigorating
and deserving of repeated hearings"
Detroit Free Press
with all manner of string techniques applied in
imaginative ways, the piece is so engaging as
to make one wish to hear it again, and soon."
Los Angeles Times
inventive piece of music"
Salt Lake Tribune
accessible, well-written music"
Grand Rapids Press
kind of music that could actually make symphony
orchestras a vital and integral part of contemporary
San Antonio Express-News
symphony strings or reduced to minimum of 3,3,2,2,1