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Breathing Bridge by Brooks Frederickson is scored for flute with Glissando Headjoint®, glockenspiel, and vibraphone. This piece was commissioned by A/B Duo.


Between my apartment and the nearest Brooklyn subway station, there is a bridge that weaves itself over a busy four-lane road, and under an even busier highway. When I walk over the bridge, I feel the vibrations from the passing trucks. Some of my friends are unnerved by this and avoid using the bridge. I choose to use it. I enjoy the excitement; I enjoy the feeling of the ground beneath me moving.

The piece has three voices: the flute, the vibraphone, and the glockenspiel. The three voices work together and weave around each other to make a duo of opposites. One line ascends, one descends; the time in one line if flexible, the other is rigid; one changes, one stays the same.

I see the lines like parts of the bridge cut up and juxtaposed on the page, with the approach and descent overlaying each other, with the slight differences from day to day happening from gesture to gesture. I feel the ground move.

- Brooks Frederickson


from Variety Show, released October 7, 2016
A/B Duo:
Meerenai Shim, flutes
Christopher G. Jones, percussion

Composed by Brooks Frederickson
Produced by A/B Duo
Engineered by Alberto Hernandez
Recorded at Fantasy Studios (Berkeley, California)



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A/B Duo Campbell, California

The bi-coastal A/B Duo, comprised of percussionist Christopher G. Jones (Rochester, NY) and flutist Meerenai Shim (Campbell, CA), has been touring all over the United States and commissioning new works since 2012.

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