Music by John Psathas
Performance set (score + digital audio)
Following Diana Loomer's commanding performance of the solo version of Planet Damnation, Loomer commissioned Psathas to write Buyan specifically for timpani and digital audio. The variety of playing techniques in Buyan demonstrate the subtleties offered—yet often overlooked—by the timpani. The player must navigate syncopated grooves in compound time, simmering roll and glissandi techniques, and playing with fingers. Most challenging of all, though, is the extensive pedalling required to articulate Buyan’s melodic material.