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“Place and time are critical components of self- and community-identity; we understand our world through the passing of time and of the rhythmic flow of life.”

In three visits (fall, winter, and spring 2012-2013) Due East in partnership once again with Yellow Barn, will work with students at Brattleboro Union High School and Putney Central School. At BUHS, Due East joins the wind ensemble and choir to present Greg’s “Vou-me embora a concerto for rhythmic Brazilian percussion. The PCS students, led by Due East and guests (composer Elainie Lillios and poet Wally Swist), will playfully utilize the seasonal cycle to create multi-media works inspired by haiku poetry and sounds that they find in nature.


Wally Swist, poethttp://www.wallyswist.com/
Elainie Lillios, Composerhttp://elillios.com/home/index.php/en/

Watch Erin in this performance of Elainie’s solo flute work, “Among Fireflies”,

a work inspired by one of Mr. Swist’s haiku:

Dense with fireflies
The field flickers
Through the fog

Erin performing “Among Fireflies”

Of the work, Elainie writes:

Swist’s imagery inspired me to consider texture and perspective, which became two focal aspects of the piece. The piece’s opening gestures place the performer in a field surrounded by a multitude of fireflies – perhaps the performer is a person, or perhaps the performer is a firefly him/herself. The piece’s progression slowly separates the performer (and listeners) from the masses of fireflies, the increasing distance changing our perspective on their activity and brilliance. By the piece’s end, we view the fireflies through the fog from a great distance, where only the smallest, blurred flickers persist, but the memory of their presence remains. Among Fireflies was commissioned by the Lipa Festival of Contemporary Music at Iowa State University in Ames, Iowa.