Flute Concerto

About the Piece

This piece will be dedicated to the memory of my dear friend Melanie Wu, who passed away on December 7, 2023. Mel was a very special friend. She got me into meditation and I dedicated my piece "Drifting" to her in 2018. However, that piece was about me, not her, and after she passed away, I felt like I wanted to write something especially for her, something deeper and more personal.

The idea for a flute concerto actually came from my friend Daniel Cueto, who is a flutist and also a wonderful composer. Some time ago he asked me if I would be willing to write a concerto for him, and I was thinking about the idea when Mel died. She would have said: "everything happens for a reason."

The piece will have the typical 3 movement structure and will be inspired by some of the things Melanie wrote to me in her emails and messages, as well as three texts from the Tao Te Ching.