About the Music

Labyrinthmusic is an expanding body of work dedicated to facilitating an inner journey. While contemplative in spirit, it calls upon the sophisticated and challenging resources of contemporary concert music to entrain a dynamic evolutionary and transformative arc. The entire repertoire is founded upon a sequence of twelve harmoniesa harmonic Ariadne’s Threadthat emulates the labyrinth’s circular geometry.

The string quartet was the medium of choice for the Labyrinth Project, beginning in 1998. Commissions from outstanding solo artists resulted in a series of quintets with string quartet, followed over time by music for mixed ensembles up to chamber orchestra. The catalogue at present contains in excess of fifty works.

The musical labyrinth is neither concert nor ritual in the conventional sense, but a third thing, more than the sum of its parts. It is a shapeshifting mosaic. For example, the saxophone quartet Gyaling, in the spirit of Tibetan ceremonial music, can serve as an opening fanfare to establish sacred space and exuberantly proclaim the harmonic source code in a decisive way. The reductive pieces, comprising the majority of the music intended for walking, range from the ambient minimalism of Sanctum I and II to the enigmatic ruminations of Hymn and Sanctum III. Certain works, such as Seeing with the Wise Woman, have optional internal repeats that greatly extend performance duration, effecting a shift from the aesthetic to the energetic, potentially crossing the threshold of trance. Similarly, the rarified sonority of Reiki is not merely a poetic evocation of subtle energy but the thing itself. The Icaro series evokes Amazonian shamanic spirit songs that guide aspirants through the non-ordinary states of consciousness encountered during entheogenic ceremonies. Hieratikos models the structure of the classic rite of passage in a single movement of more than an hour's duration, a call to adventure for both musicians and labyrinth pilgrims alike. Modular and scalable, the repertoire is designed to be adaptable to a wide range of performance situations and resources.   

Labyrinthmusic runs the gamut from meditative introspection to concert hall extroversion. While the contemplative mode is complete in itself and can serve as the sole basis for an event, at some point it will be appropriate to conclude with a formal concert. The hour-long chamber work Remember Your Power is one suitable destination, giving closure to the journey and providing a portal by which to reengage the wider world. A possible format for a deeply immersive evening-length event might consist of an extended period of labyrinth walking, a performance of Remember Your Power, concluding with a meal or other celebratory action.

Recordings of music written expressly for the labyrinth, as well as crossover works intended for concert performance can be accessed here: