Version for viola, countertenor and piano is available on the album “Ring Out”
May 12th, 2015 (premiere)
Meisel Gallery in NYC
Eric Brenner, countertenor
Paul Dwyer, cello & Alexandria Le, piano (of The Colonials)
New York Classical Review
In this piece, I took the enchanting haiku of master Matsuo Basho and sequenced the translated text in a way that narrates an age-old story of discovery, lust, loss, and loneliness using the unique combination of countertenor, cello, and piano. Basho’s poetry is deeply rooted in nature, and I used the cyclical changing of the seasons as a metaphor for the highs and lows of obsessive love.
“Seasons of Basho” was made possible by a grant from the American Composers Forum with Funds provided by the Jerome Foundation, and my deepest thanks to the Colonials for commissioning the work. There is also an arrangement available for Viola and female High Voice.