Work for 16 wind instruments using animated and standard notation, commissioned by Ilan Volkov and premiered by the Iceland Symphony Orchestra on Tectonics Festival, Reykjavík 2014.

Oslo Philharmonic performing Esoteric Mass - photo courtesy of Henrik Beck / nyMusikk

Oslo Philharmonic performing Esoteric Mass - photo courtesy of Henrik Beck / nyMusikk

August 2016, Robert Barry for The Wire

“A circle of light appears in the middle of the floor with a single white dot spinning in perpetual orbit. A woodwind quartet stands around it. As the dot passes them by they play a note - long if the dot spins slowly, short if it rushes past at speed. It is simplicity itself. But then a second ring is added with its own dot, asynchronous with the first. And then a third ring. Add to that the position of the audience, surrounding the four winds, with a further outer ring of brass around the audience, intoning long, langorous chords, and you get a work capable of bewitching effects, even as its means remain perfectly transparent.”