Dreams Grow Like Slow Ice

Program Notes
I have a file full of potential titles and one summer this file grew quite a bit as I re-read William Gibson’s classic Neuromancer. When Tammy Evans Yonce asked for a piece for glissando flute (flute with a glissando head joint) and electronics I proposed the title “Dreams Grow Like Slow Ice,” which I’m pretty sure I got from Neuromancer, and used that fragment’s imagery to guide the basic form of the piece.

A simple lullaby becomes more abstracted and frozen as glassy drones emerge in the electronics. Eventually the lullaby returns and we end in a serene but slightly dark place. Strangely enough, this is the second piece revolving around dreams which I have composed for flute and electronics. I’m not sure why that is.

This work was given its premiere performance at the National Flute Association Conference in 2013.

Biographical Sketch
Jay C. Batzner has been a source of irritation for musical biographers for more than three decades, due to his refusal to provide standardized biographical claptrap suitable for concert programs and musical encyclopedias. He further irritates in his refusal to adopt any musically dogmatic viewpoint, choosing instead to write music that "sounds good." – David D. McIntire

Performer Biographical Sketch
Flutist Tammy Evans Yonce, an Atlanta native, is Assistant Professor of Music at South Dakota State University where she teaches applied flute, woodwind pedagogy, and courses in musicology. She was previously on the faculty of Gainesville State College (GA), Newberry College (SC), and the University of South Carolina Aiken.

An avid collaborative musician and recitalist, Dr. Yonce is an enthusiastic supporter of new music.

Dr. Yonce holds degrees from Kennesaw State University (B.M.), Indiana University (M.M.), and the University of Georgia (D.M.A.). She won the Atlanta Flute Club Young Artist Competition in 2004 and has been published in Flute Talk and Pan, the Journal of the British Flute Society. She has recently presented and performed at the National Flute Association, Flute Festival Mid-South, College Music Society, British Flute Society, Atlanta Flute Club, Flute Society of Kentucky, and South Carolina Flute Festival conventions. She recently served as one of the judges for the Newly Published Music Competition of the National Flute Association as well as of competitions of the British Flute Society and Flute Society of Kentucky. Dr. Yonce currently serves as Immediate Past President of the Atlanta Flute Club.

Dr. Yonce is the owner of www.musiccollective.org, a blogging community of musicians from all walks of life. Dr. Yonce exclusively plays Powell flutes, and can be heard on their Recording Studio page at www.powellflutes.com. Learn more about her work at www.tammyevansyonce.com or on Twitter @TammyEvansYonce.