This work started in its trio version, for a professional violinist and violist, and their daughter, who was just learning to play the violin. I loved working with Julia St. John, who was eight years old at the time, to create a piece that would showcase and feature her — both as a young performer, and as the loveliest musical collaborator.
The title of the movements, and of the work itself, are Julia’s. You’ll have to ask her if you want to know why she decided on those names. Or you can create your own story as you play.
The string orchestra version of this work was created in partnership with Catherine Birke, and the amazing students of Herricks High School in Long Island, NY, who are playing the premiere recording below. It was written specifically for youth string ensembles, and features both Western and Hindustani string techniques.