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"Starry Night" (March 2011) is written for string quintet (string quartet + bass). It was premiered by the Sybarite5. "Starry Night" depicts that moment when you look up at the stars and find closeness with loved ones despite being apart.

This piece began as a song about the separation between me and my family during the first years of college. But when I wrote rewrote this piece during a collaboration with the wonderful Sybarite5 ensemble, my cousin had recently passed away. Suddenly the distance expressed something else, and a new section appeared in the middle. It fit somehow though, because when I look up at the stars, it has that same effect of bringing me closer, even when the distance is absolute.

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