tinkling (killing time in an airport lounge and being arrested)

Piano, ensemble.

This composition is a reworking and arrangement of material written for the Maarten Altena Ensemble in 1999 (tinkle spin out). It is a ‘fantasie’ on a Thelonius Monk riff from the piece “Trinkle Tinkle”. The idea of the piece comes from a scene in the documentary “Straight No Chaser”, where Monk is seen spinning around like a whirling dervish in a airport space. In Boston Monk once wandered around the airport until the police picked him up and took him to Grafton State Hospital for a week's observation. He was quickly released without strings, and though the experience persuaded him never to go out on the road alone again, he used to tell it as a certification of his sanity. “I can't be crazy,” he used to say with conviction, “cause they had me in one of those places and they let me go”.

This version of the piece was commisioned by Tomoko Mukaiyama and the ASKO ensemble and written with financial support from the Fonds voor de Scheppende Toonkunst.

Published by MGN , Netherlands

performance history

  • March 2003; Premiered by the The ASKO ensemble and Tomoko Mukaiyama conducted by Peter Rundel at the Proms, Paradiso, Amsterdam.
  • April 2003; eNsemble with soloist Nikolai Mazjara at Maly Fiharmonische Zaal, St.Petersburg, Russia.