There exists a period of activity between wakefulness and sleep where the frameworks we use to understand the world around us begin to break down. Liminal (2018) for orchestra explores the concept of in-betweenness from a number of angles, aiming primarily to reflect the psychological behaviors people experience in transitional states. Just as our thoughts can cycle, intrude, drift, or become suddenly focused, musical materials behave in combinations of predictable and unpredictable manners relative to a number of genre contexts.
Liminal was performed by the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra as part of the 2019 NJSO Edward T. Cone Composition Institute with conductor Cristian Măcelaru and Institute Director Steven Mackey. Liminal was further the recipient of an honorable mention in the 2019 ASCAP Foundation Morton Gould Young Composer Awards and was premiered by the USC Thornton Symphony on February 23rd, 2018, conducted by Donald Crockett.