Mythology tells us that the goddess Fortuna spins her wheel of fate, assigning each of us our own arbitrary destiny, sometimes up and other times down. SPIN puts us on a similarly cyclical journey as it weaves together motivational quotations from Peloton instructors with the de-motivational statements from Vanessa Place’s Litany of Self-Loathing. Pandemic time has forced us to adjust to this kind of psychological whipsaw, the sense of expending energy and effort without actually moving, merely spinning on the larger wheel that we can't escape.

PREMIERE November 19, 2021. Ensemble Dal Niente, Michael Lewanski, conductor.
LOCATION The DiMenna Center for Classical Music, New York, NY
PERSONNEL Soprano voice, electric guitar, oboe (+ melodica), bass clarinet in B-flat, horn in F (+ melodica), violin, viola, violoncello, contrabass (with C-extension), percussion
COMMISSIONER Fromm Foundation, Harvard University
TECHNOLOGY Live Processing in Logic Pro X