for flute, viola, and harp(2019)
|Commissioned by Left Coast Chamber Ensemble in San Francisco
|October 5, 2019; San Francisco; Stacey Pelinka, flute • Kurt Rohde, viola • Jennifer Ellis, harp
Wind Whisperer was inspired by the Asian Art Museum’s exhibition, Changing and Unchanging Things: Noguchi and Hasegawa in Postwar Japan. Isamu Noguchi was one of the twentieth century’s most important sculptors, and Saburi Hasegawa was an acclaimed Japanese calligrapher and painter. The artistic goal they shared can be described as an integration of the old East and the new West. Even though I was born after World War II and a different generation from Noguchi and Hasegawa, the essence of Japanese aesthetics always inspires me, such as simplicity, subtlety, silence and a sense of timing. Those elements influence my writing, and they are blended into my work naturally and unconsciously.
The title, Wind Whisperer, suggests that two great masters’ spirits encounter in the wind, without a barrier between east and west.
– Karen Tanaka