In addition to the solo clarinet, the work is scored for thirteen musicians, including a banjo player (who doubles on mandolin and guitar), several double reeds, a trombone, piano, two sampling keyboards (loaded with samples that include accordion, clarinet, and cow), and solo strings. Adams has said that “The three movements are each based on a 'forgery' or imagined musical model.” He has also stated that Gnarly Buttons was influenced in part by his father’s passing due to Alzheimer's disease.
Adams has provided a short explanation for the title, but it is likely that he chose the title more because he liked its sound than for any specific meaning. Titles of other pieces by Adams also reflect this trend, notably his string sextet Shaker Loops and the orchestral piece Fearful Symmetries.
Gnarly Head Becomes the Official Wine Sponsor of Mavericks and will Award $5,000 for 'Gnarliest Drop' at the 2009/ 2010 Contest.
Dec 16, 2009; gnarly Head Wines has joined the legendary Mavericks Surf Contest™ Presented by Sony Ericsson and Barracuda Networks...