Rippling walls of cells (2021)
The piece imagines speaking the language of trees by paying attention to their barks. They express unique traits of textures and patterns, as they are aging, growing, and transforming at a slow pace. The musical exploration reflects such gradual and radial expansion of cell walls as well as the upward energy of water and nutrients traveling from soil to the crown. The score integrates actual photos of barks to be interpreted by the performer as the guideline for breath quality to play the melodica. The performance will exist as a ritual for trees and their flourishing life.
Premiered on August 1, 2021 at the Nief-Norf Composer-Performer-Improvisor Summit
Performer: Mina Esary, Melodica