Tell me everything was commissioned by La Camarata of Mexico City and premiered at Festival Cervantino. When I began the piece I thought about a cassette tape that a friend had played for me. It was of a South American band that had just acquired brass instruments and were roughly playing together. It was a messy sound, cacophonous. Inspired by this sound I had everyone playing in their own time but playing together in a kind of off-beat samba — like several joyfully unwieldy village bands. There were so many times while writing this piece that I broke into laughter — wondering can I really write this, can it really go on like this?