Aurora is the compositional grandchild of an earlier piece, Mbrsi, whose title derives from the Japanese maboroshi, meaning chimera, illusion or mirage.

While this new work trades away the older’s graphic score for more traditional notation, it preserves the original creative nucleus: an experimental, procedurally-unfolding sonic landscape of color and gesture. Unlike its predecessors, the new framework allows for the superpositioning of textural blocks, each with its own ensemble sub-set and internal evolution.

Aurora was commissioned and performed by Ensemble Kaleidoskop as part of a festival commemorating the 11th anniversary of the death of Iannis Xenakis.