VAPE (2016, rev. 2020) for orchestra
VAPE is inspired by the Tokyo subway sarin attacks committed by Aum Shinrikyo in 1995. Five terrorists boarded one subway train each, carrying plastic bags filled with sarin. Sarin is a transparent liquid that easily evaporates. To perform the attacks, the five men dropped the bags on the subway floors and poked them with the tips of their umbrellas, allowing the material to sneak into the atmosphere with terrifying consequences.
In the piece, the instruments are divided into five groups, representing each attack, describing the circumstances and atmosphere, both literally and figuratively, as well as the actual vaporisation.