Program Notes

This title has two possible interpretations that might shed light on the meaning of the work. In its lack of conventional logic (“escape”, after all, suggests moving away from--not toward--something), the title suggests a kind of Zen meditation. Another interpretation stems from the fact that the word “escape” is derived from the Latin ex cappa meaning “from the head,” and “head” is a term that musicians use to refer to the beginning of a piece. Therefore, one might envision escaping from the first section (and similar last section) of the work, into its more serene central section. On still another level, the piece constantly tries to escape its “art” music surface to become “centered” amidst its rock music roots. The work was commissioned by the Arizona Saxophone Quartet for its Asia tour.