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I wanted to make a sonic commentary between what we perceive as African influences versus European influences. In each country in Latin America to which Africanos were brought, musical traditions have emerged that are in a way some sort of “musica mulata.” The music of Inura includes gestural influences of the culture of Brazil.
[The video below has three selections. The first and third, “The Power” and “Teaching,” are from Inura.]
The first suite, “The Power” opens with a percussionist on marimba followed by the Son Sonora Voices and the Son Sonora Ensemble: string quartet, double bass and percussion. The same ensembles perform “Teaching.”
Seeds attract the necessary elements to grow to evolve: glorious memories of the people from Harlem whose efforts helped create the work; the heart of the People beating in each and every man and in his contributions; I tried to speak a language whose expressive tension has Japanese overtones. [re: Haiku]
The second selection is an excerpt from the 32-minute piece, Haiku. The music of Haiku includes gestural influences of the culture of Japan. It is performed with a narrator and mixed ensemble: flute, bassoon, guitar, koto, cello, double bass and percussion.