"...the liquid mountains of the sky..."
In March 2016 my brother passed away, far too soon. We had been emotionally close, although physically distant—he lived in America and I am in Hong Kong. Oddly, the extent of my love and respect for him only became clear to me after he had died. I have a sense of loss that I doubt will ever heal. This piece is dedicated to his memory. The title is taken from a quote of Helen Keller, "It's wonderful to climb the liquid mountains of the sky. Behind me and before me is God and I have no fears."
‘...the liquid mountains of the sky...’ uses selections from a recording of my harp solo The Autumnal Mountain recorded by Kateřina Englichová. The selections are replicated into the thousands and each replication is time-shifted by various amounts. These massive replications are often superimposed on sections that are far less extensively replicated. At the beginning, the replications are a background accompaniment to the original solo line, and later, two-, three- and six- replications weave in and out of a much thicker background.
among the empty places (triptych 2) was funded by a grant from the University Grants Committee of Hong Kong.
Christopher Coleman (b. 1958, Atlanta, GA) composer, conductor, trombonist, is currently Composition Coordinator and Associate Head of the Hong Kong Baptist University Department of Music, where he has taught for the past 28 years.
Coleman's works range from large-scale multimedia/improvisation pieces to works for orchestra, symphonic band, chamber ensembles, instrumental solo, and voice. Most recently he has been developing the technique of massive replication and time shifting through a series of electro-acoustic compositions that have been widely acclaimed in the US and Europe. A prize-winning composer, he has received numerous commissions and grants, including those from from local groups the Hong Kong Wind Kamerata, the Hong Kong Wind Philharmonia, the Hong Kong Composers' Guild, RTHK Radio 4, and the Hong Kong University Grants Committee.
His music is published by Vanderbilt Music, Maecenas Music, Theodore Presser, Ensemble Publications, C. Alan Publications and Crown Music Press.
A trans-media artist, Christopher Coleman also works in painting, sculpture and computer graphics. He is a founding member of People’s Liberation Improv, Hong Kong’s leading comedy improv group, and has performed with them in Beijing, Seoul, Manila, and Macau as well as Hong Kong.