Winter Birds for OM

solo for viola

This is one of several pieces for viola derived from cutting songs about snowflakes into paper snowflakes and then reading them through one another. This piece utilizes the following texts in performance:


in the shadow of the valley of the birds


the spoken voice attracts the people


across winter’s valley


the footprints of Friday


with his characteristic toe, and line


graphs a talismanic future


to the eye of she who resists



although we are colonists


we abandon our positions


as missionaries


and remain afloat


thermal drafts sustaining us


awing among mineral baths


bubbling with genesis


noise and futures


waiting


until the moment that


symmetry is broken



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