Tèarmunn, for horn and vibraphone, by Adam Scott Neal
Tèarmunn is a Scottish Gaelic word for sanctuary or refuge. Like several of the composer’s recent pieces, this began as an exploration of the physical characteristics of the instruments involved (both are metal and based around the pitch-class F, in this case). However, during the composition it began to develop a modal and melancholic character.
Adam Scott Neal is a composer whose primary inspiration is the technology of music — from traditional instruments to computers, electronics, and toys. His pieces reflect both the physical and sonic properties of instruments, as well as their shifting meanings in music and culture. Recognized as “exquisitely crafted,” Adam’s music “draws the listener inward, encouraging intimate dialogue” (Creative Loafing). His aesthetic is post-minimal, drawing from influences such as Claude Debussy, Brian Eno, Morton Feldman, David Lang, Steve Roden, and Anton Webern.
Adam earned a PhD at the University of Florida and previous degrees at Queen’s University Belfast and Georgia State University. Adam has enjoyed over 200 performances of his music in 10 countries. Groups for which he has composed include Bent Frequency, Beo String Quartet, Chamber Cartel, Iktus Percussion, and loadbang. His work also shows up regularly on acronymic conferences and festivals such as EMM, IHS, LAC, NACUSA, NYCEMF, SCI, and SEAMUS.