Go BIG or Go HOME

Feb 14th, 2019

Lightbox Theatre
Miami, FL
Nu Deco Ensemble
3′

INSTRUMENTATION
(but can be modular upon request)

Flute
Oboe
Clarinet in B-flat
Bass Clarinet
Bassoon
Horn in F
Trumpet in B-flat
Trombone
Timpani (5, but could do with 4)
Drum Kit with 2 pedal bass drums (but could do with one)
Percussion 1 (Congas, Bongos, and any small percussion desired)
Percussion 2 (Shaker, Glock., Tam-tam, and any other small percussion desired)
Percussion 3 (Marimba, Cowbell, and any other small percussion desired)
Piano
Electric Guitar
Electric Bass
Synthesizer
Violin 1
Violin 2
Viola
Violoncello
Double Bass

PROGRAM NOTE

This piece is an adaptation of the last movement of my string quartet Get into the NOW for the Nu Deco Ensemble in Miami. When the opportunity came up for me to make this arrangement, I wanted to both showcase what the group can uniquely do while also writing in a way that captures the spirit of what Miami inherently is.

In Go BIG or Go HOME, you will find hints of funk, bluegrass, and Latin while being driven by groove, virtuosity, and moments of improvisation allowing members of the group to put their own personal signature on the piece. Most importantly, it is written from a place of self-realization, empowerment, and celebration of how joyous life can be.