Jean Horsley’s Hot Coals abounds with an energy and vibrancy, and all from a highly selective palette. The use of contrast and juxtapositions of similar material to build this visually striking work suggested parallels with my own practice. Not only the abstract immediacy, but the suggestiveness of the title and the image itself give off a ritualistic and highly rhythmic character, which makes it perfect for a musical exploration. Underlying the piece is an important percussive layer, which informs the rhythmic activity and even timbre of the other instruments. Distinct blocks of activity appear and disappear abruptly, until the orchestra joins into a larger, more unified force.
"I chose the painting Hot Coals because the sense of vibrancy and texture suggested an inherent rhythmic unpredictability, which inspired timbres and rhythms that I could work from musically"