(Duration: 5 mins)
Instrumentation: 1-1-1-0/1-1-1-0/2 perc/piano/strings
A driving and exuberant concert opener playing with the duality of the phrase “In the Pocket” in jazz and in surfing.
“In the pocket” – a groove, a tight rhythmic performance, a moment when the ensemble locks together and plays as a single entity.
“In the pocket” – The fastest, steepest part of a wave, under the breaking lip, where surfers catch the most speed and energy.
In The Pocket was commissioned for by conductor Angel Velez for Education Through Music Los Angeles.