Seattle's Chris Pugh won a Marzena International competition award for his composition "Heqat," and had the honor of hearing it performed at the prestigious German Donaueschingen Musik Tage Theatre by the Ensemble Recherche, one of new music's most renowned.... "Heqat" should be getting much more attention, as should Pugh.
Pugh cites Iannis Xenakis and Karlheinz Stockhausen as his greatest influences. In his avant-classical composition, "Heqat," those inspirations register to create an illusion between time and space but that relationship becomes increasingly dense in his free jazz composition, "Penumbra."
"Heqat" received a much-deserved standing ovation when the Ensemble Recherche performed it in Germany and then Vienna. Seattle audiences might well be emulating those audiences, if only they knew to go and hear Pugh at every opportunity.