My mother used to give me small gifts when I was a child. She would pick flowers and slip them into my books. She would plant seeds with me and we would water them and watch as they grew into their bodies. I was the kind of child who would be really interested in something so long as she was there…
Georg Friedrich Haas - In Vain: First Section in Darkness (2000)
"Haas is deeply interested in the relationship between light and the aural sense, and so a number of his works are played in complete darkness. I mean ‘complete darkness’ literally: the performance space should be so dark that nobody can see anything except black.
As you’ve probably surmised, the musicians have to commit these portions to memory, and perform without the usual aid of seeing each other.”