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AN ABSOLUTE 

INSUFFICIENCY OF ELECTRICITY

Percussion Quartet 

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An Absolute Insufficiency of Electricity takes its name from a particularly evocative chapter title in Haruki Murakami’s novel “The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle.” In this chapter (no spoilers, I promise), the reader observes a married man an engaged woman share a single night together in a hotel room, never more than embracing, but forced in their embrace to confront the “absolute insufficiency of electricity” they both so distinctly feel in their lives. The material for the piece came from a series of improvisations performed this past February. While it doesn’t respond to the chapter’s events with any specificity, I feel their roots lay in the same ideas: how personal needs can sometimes be best understood through others, and how the spiritual cohesion of humanity can somehow only be expressed in our struggle to grasp such a cohesion.

Performed by UP/DOWN

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