Pianist David Kaplan writes:
Timo composed Steady Gaze in 2017, as a musical wedding gift for us. In his own words, the piece “is a catalogue of hundreds of different ways—from offhand to effusive—of saying the same thing,” which both describes its musical process, as well as a fundamental aspect of enduring relationships. Like an oil still-life of fruit, earthenware, linen, and pewter, Steady Gaze draws the listener close to reveal an intimate and domestic emotional world. A repeating chord progression establishes the comfort of the everyday, as countless micro-variations of brush stroke give the music a tactile dimension, and the sinewy flute part weaves its way in and around the piano. Rhythmically, the piece captures the unplanned informality of private life, as the two instruments phase in and out of synchrony—sometimes in scintillating canon, and sometimes limpidly daydreaming in loose parallel.