A Boy and a Makeshift Toy (from the "Children of Conflict" Series)
version for viola and piano(2015)
|Commission||Commissioned by Michael Hall|
|Premiere||June 22, 2016; University of Missouri Kansas City; Kansas City, MO; Michael Hall (viola) and Robert Pherigo (piano)|
Inspired by the work of American Pulitzer-nominated war photographer Chris Hondros, who captured images of children in wars around the world, the Children of Conflict series is a collection of my own sonic portraits based off of Hondros’ intimately revealing photography with hopes to continue the storytelling and dialogue his work prompts.
“A Boy and a Makeshift Toy” is a portrait of a young boy playing in an abandoned train station, full of Albanian refugees, waiting to be taken to another camp. During an 11-week bombing campaign in 1999, Serbians displaced more than 800,000 Albanians out of Kosovo.
– Mary Kouyoumdjian