Lockdown Themes

During Malaysia's third Covid-19 Lockdown, in January 2021, I composed a short piece for solo trombone each day for 14 days, performing them each evening in an online stream from my apartment balcony. This work fleshes out the themes from Lockdown Miniatures #1 and #4.

The first two themes, from Lockdown Miniatures #1 (subtitled "Here We Go Again"), reflect the angst and uncertainty of beginning yet another lockdown — with all businesses once again closed, police roadblocks preventing movement beyond the neighborhood, and all human contact reduced to a small screen.

The third theme, from Lockdown Miniatures #4 (subtitled "Loss"), is meant to express the raw emotion associated with losing loved ones over the previous ten months.

This piece was recorded by the London Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Miran Vaupotic, on 26 February 2022 as part of a project by Parma Recordings. The album, titled Sparks: Eye of London, will be released on 28 October 2022 on Navona Records.


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