In an instrumentation not seen every day, violinist Andie Tanning, trumpeter Andy Kozar and percussionist Andy Akiho perform ‘the rAy’s end’.
Akiho composed the work in 2008 for the trio, dubbed ‘The Andes’ because of the first name shared by its members - indeed, the title of this work, ’the rAy’s end,’ can be rearranged to spell out ’three Andys’.
’Although we did not start playing music together until well after we met, we soon realised the potential for the unique combination of timbres between our instruments,’ said Akiho. ’It was an inspiring challenge to combine these sounds together, because all three instruments encompass a similar range of pitches.While each instrument is extremely unique as a solo sound, the combined timbres create an amazing homogenous texture.
’My inspiration for this piece came from observing the swells and changing textures of light created by the rays of the sun. However, I would like to leave it up to the individual listeners to interpret the piece on their own and to hopefully enjoy it.’
The video was made in memory of another musician with the same first name, violist Andi Hemmenway.
The work features on the album NO one To kNOW one - a collection of Akiho’s chamber works written between 2003-2010.
The album will be released on 15 July 2022 on all digital platforms. Sheet music of Akiho’s works is available here.