Nadia Sirota, yMusic’s intrepid violist, writes:
Both individually and as a group, the members yMusic spend a lot of time in the sky, getting from one concert or recording session to another. Much to the chagrin of some (many) around us, we have a competitive and borderline obsessive relationship with the real-life video game that is Frequent Flyer Status. When composer Timo Andres set to writing us a piece, he wanted to riff on this frenetic travel scheme with a piece named after his most common farewell to us, “Safe Travels.” This piece seems to always be changing altitudes, moving upwards and downwards while bouncing through different textures and orchestrations and thicknesses. It’s many ascents and descents all piled one on top of each other.