Written for Eight Strings and a Whistle, Third Eye and the Inward Journey (Two Journeys) represents separate but connected journeys towards self-awakening, awareness, enlightenment and greater spirituality.
The first Journey, Third Eye, begins with a solo flute line; a long, mid-range F# (one of the more mystical-sounding flute tones, to me). Quickly flowing from that F# is a rapid group of six* repeating notes. This solo represents a brief ceremonial calling- willingness -to open and seek one’s inner truth. Thus, the odyssey can begin.
The three instruments share similar energy- the viola and cello vibrating wood via bowed or plucked strings, the flute using life breath to vibrate a silver tube.
Throughout the piece, longer stretches of uneven time signatures and differing lengths of sustained notes enable listeners to experience a feeling of being in the moment without measuring time as we do in the physical plane.
Third Eye ends much like the opening with a single suspended flute note, but now with a high E. A seventh above the opening tone, the higher E symbolizes the seventh chakra (the crown chakra) which relates to pure consciousness.
My new work Down the Rabbit Hole will be co-featured by the award-winning trio Palisades Virtuosi. Commissioned by the trio and scored for flute/piccolo, bass clarinet and piano, this music will be part of Palisades Virtuosi's 21st Anniversary Celebration Performance and 100th commission! This program co-features four premieres.
This performance co-features seasonal music, an original flute solo, music by JS Bach and other meaningful music from around the world arranged by Joyce and Pam.
A peaceful and fun program. it lasts for one-hour. Free and open to the public, free parking in front as well as across the street in the Defoe lot.