February 1 2009
Paul Hillier, conductor
In Eight Parts:
(Michael Gordon, David Lang, Julia Wolfe)
1. My Soul
2. Water Instrumental (Heavy Water)
3. He Saw a Skull
4. Before Roll, Ocean
5. Give Me
7. Roll, Ocean
8. Tephillat Geshem (Prayer for Rain)
is a lover's tears, an unquenchable thirst, a fight for survival, a prayer for rain. Our piece Water
is a meditation on the poetry of water: what it means to have it, how we misuse it, and how we struggle for it. Rain falls. Tears flow. A skull is found in a river. A man thirsts.
is an exploration through music, staging and projection of how dependent we are upon water in our world, and how uneasy our dependence really is. Much of our dependence is of course physical; at the same time, the hope for water, or the lack of it, can be a spiritual construct as well. Our piece explores the water we have and the water we need, the water we control and the water that controls us.
We have always lived with water in a kind of fragile equilibrium. We have too much. We have none. A rich man calls for ice in his water, next to a poor man who thirsts. It is a precarious balance, between blessing and curse, between life and death, between plenty and scarcity.
Michael Gordon, David Lang, Julia Wolfe