desangramiento

Commissioned by Third Practice Electroacoustic Festival
Written for Sam Kelder
viola and stereo sound
2016
8 minutes

Program note: desangramiento was commissioned by the Third Practice Electroacoustic Music Festival and inspired by the tragic feeling one has when receiving horrible news, as though all the blood has suddenly left one’s body and an immense implosion of emptiness has taken its place. This image came to mind after reading that 65 million people have been displaced by violence, primarily in the Middle East and Africa (2016 UNHCR report) and another 45.8 million are enslaved around the world (Global Slavery Index 2016). The suffering we cause one another is astounding.