On The Road

Inspired by Jack Kerouac’s landmark novel as well as my own experiences traversing the U.S., On the Road is about the American road trip as a journey of self-discovery. The reed quintet is accompanied by steel-string acoustic guitar, infusing the piece with the rustic, twangy sound of American folk music.

I tried to evoke the feeling of driving along the highway by maintaining the same tempo for the entire piece—except the ending. I couldn’t hold myself back from speeding toward the finish line.


  • For reed quintet & acoustic guitar
  • Category: Chamber Ensemble
  • Year Composed: 2021
  • Duration: 8'
  • Orchestration: ob cl asax bcl bn gtr
  • Commissioner: Reedplay Quintet
  • Tags: American Folk Music, Literature
  • Movements:
    • Part 1
    • Part 2
    • Part 3


    On the Road album art



  • 14 MAY 2022
  • On The Road
  • Prisoners of Hope: A Recital of Works by Kian Ravaei
  • Los Angeles, CA
  • Reedplay Quintet
  • 22 FEB 2022
  • On The Road - Premiere
  • UCLA
  • Los Angeles, CA
  • Reedplay Quintet