Distortion (1999) by Kotoka Suzuki
for flute, clarinet, violin, cello, piano, and percussion

The piece Distortion is centered on the percussion, which directs and controls many aspects of the music materials produced by the five instruments: clarinet, flute, piano, violin, and cello. In the beginning, all five instruments have different music characteristics, however, as they slowly emerge into one similar character, the percussion interrupts the movement and forces them to return to their opening gestures. After this process is repeated a few more times, these five instruments become more eager to free themselves from being controlled by the percussion, and their timbre and rhythm become more intense and frantic. By the end of the piece, all instruments become even more intense, and very chaotic in their rhythmic expression.

— K. S.    

[from program for March 17, 2003 concert]