Imaginary Islands was commissioned by Justin Brown and the Alabama Symphony with the generous assistance of the members of Sound Investment and the National Endowment for the Arts. The work is in three movements, each a kind of sonic landscape for an imaginary island. The movements? titles tell all: 1) ?Rolling Hills, Calm Beaches, Something Brewing?; 2) ?Cloud-shrouded, Mysterious, Nascent?; 3) ?Busy, Bustling, With a Heartbeat?. Each of the three ?islands? has an outward appearance and a back-story; a clear first impression, but up close a deeper meaning. Then again, this is what any interesting piece of music should be all about: when you look more deeply you start to see its particular and unique aspects ? each island/piece has its own story to tell, something under the surface.