Instrumentation: piccolo, B-flat clarinet, alto saxophone
In my mind, “hustle” is a panorama of a city that never rests. Though it would be much more peaceful to start the day with the sound of birds calling, the sun glimmering along the horizon, and the sweet aroma of a fresh cup of tea (I’m not much of a coffee drinker, though I enjoy the smell), for many of us, the appearance of dawn is simply the start of the daily grind. After a restless night of sleep due to the din of traffic, busybodies, and incessant thoughts, we wake up in haste, go to work, travel home in haste, and continue the cycle over again. In essence, we continuously hustle to hustle.
This piece was commissioned by the PHAZE Ensemble.
Click on the video below to view a performance of hustle by the LCD Woodwind Trio at the UTM Civil Rights Conference on February 27th, 2022.