Dr. Vera Ivanova, Composer
Vera Ivanova,
composer

'...internationally recognized as an emerging artist of great talent.'

Campus Times (University of Rochester/Eastman)

Palpable breathing for khaen

2017

“Palpable breathing” was written specially for Christopher Adler, whose dedication to performance and creation of new music is remarkable.

Program Notes:
“Palpable breathing” was written specially for Christopher Adler, whose dedication to performance and creation of new music is remarkable.
This piece is not my first experience writing for non-western instruments, and my current interest in writing for traditional instruments is in finding a fusion between an idiomatic writing and the use of “extended” techniques, practiced in contemporary music.
In this piece both of this approaches (idiomatic and contemporary) highlight the nature of the instrument – a mouth organ made of bamboo tubes with finger wholes, which only sound when the finger holes are covered (“touched”). A variety of tremolos can be produced by breathing or tonguing in different ways.
Thus, it was my attempt to “touch” a breath, to sense it and… to release it into an open air in a form of a gradually unfolding sound.

Instrumentation
khaen solo
Duration
c. 4-5 minutes
Premiere
Premiered by Christopher Adler on November 2, 2017
Score Sample
Page 1 from Palpable breating
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Performances:

World Premiere
November 2nd, 2017
Palpable breathing for khaen (2017) - Christopher Adler
French Parlor at University of San Diego (San Diego)
This performance is a part of New Musical Geographies II, a recital of newly commissioned music for khaen - the free-reed mouth organ of Laos and Northeast Thailand.