In 1996 I collaborated with the choreographer Shobana Jeyasingh on a new project entitled PALIMPSEST. A palimpsest is a manuscript of some sort which has been erased in order to make way for something new.
LATENT is the concert piece that I derived from that project.
When I composed the piece I wanted to be aware of a choice of musics layered on top of each other and the listener happens to be listening to just one of them. Occasionally layers from underneath cut through so that there might be uncertainty about which is the dominant music. Sometimes a sub-plot from a larger idea is focused on and expanded to assume an independent and self-sufficient role.
The juxtaposition of layers and cutting from one music to another is structured quite carefully with rhythmic divisions and fragmentation coming from the number fifteen. The piece lasts about 20 minutes.