« Hexagonal » was written for saxophone quartet (soprano, alto, tenor, and baritone), in response to a call for scores for the Sonic Boom Festival, an annual springtime new music event presented by the Vancouver Pro Musica Society. The piece takes a playful approach to working with various patterns of six, inspired by some of the most common and beautiful patterns found in nature. The beehive, and the snowflake, for example, and of course many flowers and leaves are all based on the hexagon shape. Transposing some of these visual ideas into musical phrases, and exploring some of the colour and textural variations in musical language, this piece is very much about enjoying the simplest pleasures that the natural world has to offer.