Date of composition: May 2017
Instrumentation: Trumpet & string quartet
Duration: 15-25 minutes
First performed on May 8th 2017 at the Ferens Art Gallery in Hull as part of the 2017 City of Culture year; subsequently performed in July 2017 in Tianjin, China.
Sea Change explores notions of structural, notational and improvisatory freedom as a specific response to gallery 11 at the Ferens Art Gallery in Hull. It is from the maritime paintings in this gallery that Spencer Tunick derived the four shades of blue used for the iconic Sea of Hull series of photographs. Going full circle, all of the material for this piece is derived from transcriptions of Tunick speaking about the making of his visual artwork in Hull. Divided into 9 interchangeable sections, the work is designed to be in a constant state of flux, allowing performers to construct foregrounds and backgrounds in an ever-changing, never-to-be-repeated form.