The title is a reference to the conditions at the time I was commissioned to compose this work, the first months of covid-19. As it was being discussed, one of the possibilities for the performance was with the performers several feet apart. So, the title reflects that possible reality – playing together, but also separated. Additionally, it refers to the fact that ensembles work essentially that way: practice alone, and only on the occasions of a rehearsal and performance come together in a single, shared space. And, of course, being together – yet apart – was how life was unfolding at that time.
This work was commissioned by Musica Canis Avem, and written for the Atlantic Guitar Quartet who premiered it in May of 2021 in Baltimore Maryland.