Fireflies was composed for Su Lian Tan specifically with the pairing of two flutes in mind. The combination of such melodious yet potentially penetrating winds inspired in my mind images of fireflies in a dark, mystical forest. Jabs of light, invisible lines, surround-sound for the eye incited me to explore the relationship of fireflies between each other and later on, the woods they live in.
Simultaneously attracting lovers and repelling predators, these bioluminescent creatures awe the woods with an alien-like presence. They thrive: nocturnal, dashing, unprecedented. Amidst the smell of undergrowth and vegetation they are confronted by a threat to their livelihood, they are forced to take on a more rhythmically and melodically defensive stance after attempts to glissando and adapt prove futile. Our fireflies conclude with a virtuosic rush, ironically enough, convincing us of their relief.
The lingering menace seems to have disappeared, but our queries - unanswered.