An Index of Possibility, by Robert Honstein

An Index of Possibility, by Robert Honstein

Performed by: TIGUE
Matt Evans, Amy Garapic, Carson Moody

Video: Evan Monroe Chapman

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An Index of Possibility

1. Repose
2. Flicker
3. Flow
4. Repose
5. Burst
6. Repose

Commissioned by a consortium of percussion trios led by TIGUE, An Index of Possibility explores the secret world of sound in everyday objects. Using found sounds, homemade constructions, and cheap toys Index unlocks a sonic palette exploding with color and variety. Cast in six movements, the music traverses a symphonic expanse, fluidly moving between ambient textures, visceral unisons and muscular virtuosity. A wistful lullaby tune, Repose, begins the piece. A kind of idée fixe, Repose will return two times, framing the three larger movements – Flicker, Flow and Burst. In Flicker piercing hits punctuate a tremulous layer of pulsating metal and wood. Flow begins with a mesmerizing rhythmic ostinato, gradually moving towards a strange and unexpected place as a new melody emerges in the tuned pipes. Long bell-tones signal a change of direction and then a second Repose appears only to be violently interrupted by the clangorous opening hits of Burst. Erupting into a wild torrent of rhythms traversing the full range of the setup, Burst is the work’s focal point. After barreling through Burst the final Repose brings the music to a hushed conclusion. While virtually the same as the opening, this last Repose feels somehow transformed, touched by the long journey of An Index of Possibility.

Celebrated for his “roiling, insistent orchestral figuration” (New York Times) and “glittery, percussive pieces” (Toronto Globe and Mail), composer Robert Honstein (b. 1980) is a composer of orchestral, chamber, and vocal music.

His works have been performed throughout North America by ensembles such as the Cabrillo Festival Orchestra, the New York Youth Symphony, the Albany Symphony Orchestra, eighth blackbird, Ensemble ACJW, Ensemble Dal Niente, the Mivos quartet, the Del Sol Quartet, Concert Black, TIGUE, and the Pittsburgh New Music Ensemble, among others. He has received an Aaron Copland Award, multiple ASCAP awards and other honors from SCI, Carnegie Hall, and New Music USA. He has also received residencies at the MacDowell Colony, Copland House, the Bang on a Can Summer Institute, and the Tanglewood Music Center.


One half new music ensemble, one half avant-pop band, TIGUE delivers rhythmic hooks and patterned drones through process and improvisation. Uniting homegrown ethos and conservatory precision, the Ohio-born, Brooklyn-based members (Matt Evans, Amy Garapic and Carson Moody) have worked together extensively on original and composed music for nearly half a decade. Acclaimed as “one of the premier young percussion-based groups in Brooklyn right now.” (Dayton City Paper) the percussion-charged trio will release their debut full-length album, “Peaks”, this fall alongside collaborative performance projects with Adrian Knight and Man Forever. Formed in 2012, following their concurrent studies at both the Eastman School of Music and the Ohio State University, TIGUE has crystalized out of, and in spite of, the eclectic contemporary, pop, and avant-garde influences inherent in their DNA.