For Doubling Wind Quintet
“Synthesesia” is a work in synthesis on many levels, beginning with the title itself. “Synthesesia” is an amalgamation of the words “Synthesis” and “Synaesthesia”. This synthesis is further evidenced in the union of classical and jazz-influenced styles in each movement. As well, each player performs on multiple instruments in a feature movement and is expected to improvise. The synaesthesia aspect came about when I learned that Hannah Swayze, the horn player for the Azzimato Winds, is synaesthetic. In consultation with her, each movement is named for the color of its predominate major key.