As a part of THREE WINDS by THE ARC PROJECT, the piece ARAB-BORESCENT SYMMETRY for wind trio (Flute, Oboe, and Clarinet in Bb) was premiered by the amazing Anna Palko (Flute), Desmond Clarke (Oboe), and Sapphire Littler (Clarinet), and streamed live through the Arc Project’s social media pages and YouTube Channel.
The aim of this project is to explore the versatility of woodwind instruments by creating a new piece based on artwork by Desmond Clarke that incorporates contemporary techniques. Each composer was assigned to a woodwind trio (three groups of varying combinations of woodwind instruments).
“Arab-borescent Symmetry” is a piece for a wind trio (Flute, Oboe, and Clarinet in Bb), based on an artwork titled “Arborescent symmetry” by Desmond Clarke. While this artwork shows a perfect symmetry for a growing tree, the music in this piece takes this symmetry and transforms it into a more realistic one, reflecting how our balance is always disturbed by unwanted sounds, and how our consciousness grows to mirror our life events and the experiences we live. The music uses instruments and modern technics to imitate some of the Arabic music elements, such as traditional rhythms and Maqamat, and set a mood for a traditional Arabic countryside.
Artwork: Arborescent Symmetry by Desmond Clarke