The title Iwa Ni comes from a poem by 17th-century Japanese poet Matsuo Bashō, which the flutist whispers in the last section of the piece. By itself, iwa ni means something like “into the rock”. Bashō wrote the poem at the mountain temple of Risshaku-ji, as part of his 1,500-mile journey around northern Japan. Continue reading
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Testing the Second Breath
for flute and bassoon with fixed media
Testing the Second Breath refers to the maxim that half the Earth’s oxygen is generated by marine life. “Take two breaths,” conservationists say. “The second comes from the ocean.” Continue reading
Testing the Second Breath premiere in Brooklyn
November 1, 2014 — Flutist Martha Cargo and bassoonist Allison Nicotera premiered Testing the Second Breath at Scholes Street Studio in Brooklyn. This electroacoustic work features recordings in six different languages, exploring the theme of human interaction with the ocean.