Lullaby-(Piano Quintet No.1)
Originally arranged for glockenspiel and thumb piano. Lullaby was written just after the birth of Laird's first son, Xuan Kai.
It expresses a time in Laird's life that was full of changes and challenges, but with time he found a place of peace were he could focus his efforts on music and family.
The Piano Quintet arrangement was penned back in 2016 and was first performed by the Sartory String Quartet and the composer in 2017.
"This work is dedicated to my first born and his ability to continuously inspire me."
The Approach-(Piano Quintet No.2)
This track could be considered to be Laird's Piano Quintet No.2. Written shortly after "Lullaby" it is arranged for Piano and String Quartet but with added effects and percussion.
The piece is meant to describe the approach of an unknown force/entity and it is not known if the intent is good or bad.
The ambiguity and space of the piece reflect this feeling of uncertainty. Artwork by Mustapha design.
Laird currently has a collection of six String Quartets and is slowly adding to this growing catalogue of works.
Since 2005 his String Quartets have seen public performances, first by the Glasgow String Quartet and most recently in 2017 by the Sartory String Quartet in Australia.
So far only two String Quartets have been recorded and both of them at the Soundfield Studio in Perth Australia. Laird is planning a new set of recordings which will include all six of his current quartet works.