In Extremis

Length: ca. 6’30”
Instrumentation: string quartet


This piece is the culmination of a collaboration with biologist Professor C. Loren Buck from Northern Arizona University. Together, our goal was to musically depict the annual cycle of Arctic ground squirrels, remarkable creatures that hibernate for over half a year with body temperatures below freezing. Through this composition, we endeavor to encapsulate the essence of their existence and shed light on the growing threats they face due to global climate change.


Performed by the Quarteto de Cordas da Cidade de São Paulo