Making Waves is a monthly playlist dedicated to the dissemination of music by early-career contemporary composers. Each playlist addresses a particular theme and this months focus is percussion. 'Hymn to Hermes' (for flute, clarinet and multi percussion: xylophone, crotales, bongos, tom-toms and bass drum) belongs to a collection of character pieces based upon Greek Olympio-Chthonian deities, The Homeric Hymns. Hermes was the Olympian God of boundaries and transitions. He was depicted as a capricious and astute character able to move freely between the mortal and divine worlds. Hermes was an emissary for the gods; a conciliator between the mortals and the divine. He was also charged with guiding souls into the afterlife.
Many thanks to Lisa Cheney and Peggy Polias at Making Waves as well to Jonty Coy, Benjamin Power and Adam Tan for their incredible performances.