AKSHAYA AVRIL TUCKER
Dictionary of Falling Flowers
For Violin and Percussion
Co-commissioned by Lucia Lin and the Gabriela Lena Frank Creative Academy of Music for "In Tandem."
- 3 wine glasses
- 3 wood planks
Recorded by Lucia Lin and Maria Finkelmeier in 2021.
This piece is a meditation on falling flowers. The "white flower meditation" is a meditation from my spiritual path, where one visualizes white flowers of peace falling all over the earth, while repeating the following mantras:
Om Lokah Samastah Sukhino Bhavantu
May all beings everywhere be happy
Om Shanti Shanti Shanti
Om peace peace peace
The piece shows these flowers from different perspectives: first one flower, caught in the breeze, and eventually a chaotic sky full of flowers, jostling one another. Finally, I try to find the source of the flowers, up through and past earth's atmosphere, into space.
In my imagination, this piece is written for a hybrid offspring of the violin, violin
combined with wine glasses and wooden planks.